Jane Gross shared a story where her mother uttered the phrase, "We live too long and die too slowly." If you have aging parents or are planning on aging someday yourself, I recommend her book A Bittersweet Season, Caring for Our Aging Parents --and Ourselves. Jane's mother in her late 80s had many things that were "wrong with her" but none of them were killing her. Prolonged senescence introduces frailty in a way that we, as a society, aren't prepared to manage either as caregivers or healthcare providers.
The medicalization of aging launches a long slow death with only a passing nod to quality of life. I was reminded of her book while reading a recent New Yorker article by Atul Gawande, Overkill, An avalanche of unnecessary medical care is harming patients physically and financially. What can we do about it. I blog specifically about the specificity of economics, culture , and history in Alzheimer's Disease but even generalized geriatric care on the far horizon of aging isn't being discussed in a meaningful way.
Bonny P McClain, freelance writer, analyst, and content media specialist.
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