Bonnie H. reviewed Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End on
Helpful Score: 2
This book was well written and easily understood. It deals with people needing medical/emotional care, and includes reasons why people don't want to go to assisted living facilities or nursing homes. It really helped me understand some unknown things to look for when I helped locate an assisted living apartment for a friend of mine who had dementia. I read it at the perfect time (for my friend), so it would be a good read for children with aging parents, and really, for everyone. It also deals with end of life decisions.
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Harvard professor and surgeon Atul Gawande takes on the conversation we so often avoid the one about choices at the end of life. Writing with knowledge and compassion, he takes on different aspects of end of life care - nursing homes, hospice care, the role of medicine, the role of family, and individual choice. The book presents research and history and grounds the ideas through case studies. I would highly recommend this book to everyone.
Read my complete review at: http://www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2014/12/being-mortal-medicine-and-what-matters.html
My own denial of death is quite strong, so reading this book was an exercise in pushing myself beyond my own inclinations. The most important thing I learned is that there are different approaches to nursing homes and society needs to pay closer attention to giving the aging some choice in the meagerness that can be old age.