Well readers, today was book club day again and that generates another blog.
We read and discussed “Being Mortal” by Atul Gawande. I can best describe this book as a history of elder care in the United States. As depressing as the topic and title sound, I found it to be informative and affirming. If Brookdale wanted to find a book that would encourage people to move to a CCRC, this would be the one. Whatever our reasons for moving here, all of the book club attendees agreed that we are indeed lucky.
Who is Atul Gawande?
He was born in 1965 in Brooklyn, New York, to Indian immigrants to the United States, both doctors. His family soon moved to Athens, Ohio, where he and his sister grew up.
Goodness, did he ever grow up!
An undergraduate degree in biology and political science from Stanford University in 1987; A Rhodes Scholar; MA from Oxford in 1989; Doctor of Medicine from Harvard Medical School in 1995, and a Master of Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health in 1999. Today, Atul Gawande is a surgeon, writer, and public health researcher. He has written for many journals about medicine and public health and is the author of the books: Complications, Better, The Checklist Manifesto, and Being Mortal. It is impossible in just a few sentences to describe his life of service and scholarship. Yes, he has a wife and children.
Through all of the stories of steps and missteps in elder care and hospice, his conclusion is that the medical community needs to stop telling people what they should want and start listening to what they do want.
Goodness, you would think I was bragging about a grandchild!