Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life

Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life

As revelatory as Atul Gawande's Being Mortal, physician and award-winning author Louise Aronson's Elderhood is an essential, empathetic look at a vital but often disparaged stage of life.For more than 5,000 years, "old" has been defined as beginning between the ages of 60 and 70. That means most people alive today will spend more years in elderhood than in childhood, and...

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Title:Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life
Author:Louise Aronson
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Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life Reviews

  • Bob H
    This is a sensitively written account of Dr. Aronson's career in geriatrics -- an autobiography centered on her life experience and medical career -- and a critique of geriatrics, US medicine generally and of how our society deals with aging. Along the way, she shows us a medical system almost caste...
  • Jill
    Anyone who is already old, caring for someone old, or intending to grow old in the near or distant future needs to read this book. Now! And that not only includes readers; it also includes policy-makers.Elderhood is not a “how-to” book that treads over the same old tired ground. Rather, it...
  • Geri chesner
    I heard Louise Aronson on NPR talking about this book last summer. Due to my interest in working with elderly persons related to nurturing their creativity, I checked this book out of the library. I read it, slowly, learning so much from it. I have had the book and have renewed it the maximum number...
  • Jill Meyer
    I'll admit I was a bit disappointed in Dr Louise Aronson's new book, "Elderhood: Medicine, Society, and Life's Third Act". I thought it would be a bit more practical and cover specific topics about aging. Instead, the book is really a series of essays about Dr Aronson's introduction and then choice ...
  • Lynn
    My father is 98, his wife is 85. His wife of 60 years (my mother) died in 2008. Five month’s later, after “courting” her just a few times, he proposed to his present wife. They married five months later once they found a date that would accommodate all their distant children. They tra...
  • Canadian
    At over 450 pages, ELDERHOOD, by San Francisco geriatrician Louise Aronson, is a big book. It’s an ambitious one, too. In the opening pages, the author states her intention to highlight relevant information from many disciplines about the last of the three acts in a human life: old age. (Childh...
  • Elyse (semi hiatus) Walters
    Medicine todayhas become as much about prevention as well as treatment. It’s at least moving in that direction with many medical doctors today - re- educating themselves in Functional medicine — treating the whole person - looking for root causes rather than treatment alone. It was only wh...
  • Barbara (The Bibliophage)
    Originally published on my book blog, TheBibliophage.com.Louise Aronson subtitles Elderhood with the following: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life. I submit that she focuses primarily on the second of these topics, rather than the other two. And that makes sense because she ha...

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