Finally, a book that tells the truth about aging, starting withthe fact that eating right and exercising will not prevent it. Dr. Gillick providesa fascinating guide for the journey into old age, and shows us how to make the bestof it. Boomers (and most other grown-ups) will find her book right on target. Get real. You are going to get old and die, if you don't die youngfirst. Face it. Prepare for it. Gillick teaches us how to age with grace, spendhealthcare money wisely, retire productively, and die with dignity. It's a greatachievement. You've argued politics with your aunt since highschool, but failing eyesight now prevents her from keeping current with thenewspaper. Your mother fractured her hip last year and is confined to a wheelchair.Your father has Alzheimer's and only occasionally recognizes you. Someday, as Muriel Gillick points out in thisimportant yet unsettling book, you too will be old. And no matter what vitaminregimen you're on now, you will likely one day find yourself sick or frail. How doyou prepare? What will you need? With passionand compassion, Gillick chronicles the stories of elders who have struggled withhousing options, with medical care decisions, and with finding meaning in life.Skillfully incorporating insights from medicine, health policy, and economics, shelays out action plans for individuals and for communities. In addition to doing allwe can to maintain our health, we must vote and organizefor housing choices thatconsider autonomy as well as safety, for employment that utilizes the skills andwisdom of the elderly, and for better management of disability and chronic disease. Most provocatively, Gillick argues againstdesperate attempts to cure the incurable. Care should focus on quality of life, notwhether it can be prolonged at any cost. "A goodold age," writes Gillick, "is within our grasp." But we must reach in the rightdirection. Finally, a book that tells the truth about aging, starting with the
|Publisher:||Harvard University Press|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)|
Table of Contents
1. An Ounce of Prevention?
2. When Less Is More
3. Doing the Right Thing Near the End
4. The Trouble with Medicare
5. Is a Nursing Home in Your Future?
6. Assisted Living: Boon or Boondoggle?
7. The Lure of Immortality
8. Making the Most of the Retirement Years
Appendix: Resources and References