A New York Times bestseller
Longlisted for the Carnegie
As revelatory as Atul Gawande’s Being Mortal, doctor and award-profitable writer Louise Aronson’s Elderhood is an crucial, empathetic have a look at a very important however often disparaged level of lifestyles.
For greater than 5,000 years, “vintage” has been outlined as starting among the a long time of 60 and 70. That implies the general public alive these days will spend extra years in elderhood than in formative years, and plenty of will probably be elders for 40 years or extra. But on the very second that people live longer than ever prior to, we’ve made vintage age right into a illness, a situation to be dreaded, denigrated, disregarded, and denied.
Reminiscent of Oliver Sacks, mentioned Harvard-educated geriatrician Louise Aronson makes use of tales from her quarter century of taking care of sufferers, and attracts from historical past, technological know-how, literature, pop culture, and her personal lifestyles to weave a imaginative and prescient of vintage age that’s neither nightmare nor utopian delusion–a imaginative and prescient filled with pleasure, surprise, frustration, outrage, and desire approximately getting older, medication, and humanity itself.
Elderhood is for any individual who’s, within the writer’s personal phrases, “an getting older, i.e., nonetheless-respiring person.”