Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
How do you want to spend your elder years? Will you rely on the medical profession to determine your quality of life? Modern medicine has transformed the dangers of birth, injury, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But when it comes to the inescapable realities of aging and death, what medicine can do often runs counter to what it should do.
In Being Mortal, through eye-opening research and gripping stories of his own patients and family, author Atul Gawande reveals the suffering produced by medicine’s neglect of the wishes that people might have beyond mere survival…and how the ultimate goal should not be a good death but a good life — all the way to the very end. Whether you’re an elder yourself or have a parent or other relative who is, this will be compelling reading.
Join facilitator Kate Rohde for a series of discussions on this “riveting, honest, and humane” book, which has already changed the national conversation on aging and death. We’ll meet on four Sundays at 12:15 pm downstairs in Room 4. To register, contact Pam Baxter at email: DLFD.
Discussion dates are Sundays:
Note: The book is available in paperback or Kindle format in the usual places. The Adult RE Committee has purchased two books to lend.