Being Mortal by Atul Gawande thoughtfully looks at the process of aging and dying in America. Before modern science, normally people died suddenly at home. Now doctors propose more and more expensive and invasive and often uncomfortable treatments. Hospice provides palliative care to increase the quality of the last days of life, and ironically extends life compared to invasive procedures and aggressive treatment. Doctors, now unable to address this need, need to be able to have this discussion with their patients and receive training in end of life decisions regarding palliative care.

Aging and diminished capacity requires additional care, but the aged person wants his independence. Assisted care home are evolving to meet these needs.

I highly recommend this book for many who have aging relatives and are dealing with these issues.





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  1. Ed on January 30, 2016 12:59 pm

    What is done to terminally ill people in this country is too frequently a monstrous level of unnecessary suffering driven by inability to deal with death and the profit incentives of a third party payer system.


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