Wednesday, May 2, 2007

From Inside the Medical Community

I took a walk today with a mom I know, as we waited for our daughters to finish up an after-school program. Somewhere on our third lap around the field, it dawned on me that between us we were mourning the recent losses of a sister, a brother, a mother, two grandmothers, and a friend. We were trying to come to terms with sudden illness and chronic illness and aging and senior living.

Then I came home and read Atul Gawande’s article "The Way We Age Now" in this week’s New Yorker. Here’s the online version. Gawande is an assistant professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School.

The implications of this report couldn't be more clear.

2 comments:

Johnny Yen said...

The New York Times had an article recently on teaching people to age well.

As my parents are aging, I've been starting to plan to be in a position to take care of them. It's funny how in life the roles get reversed at the end, with them much like children.

Longevity Science said...

Thank you for your interesting comments!
I thought perhaps you may also find this related post and a subsequent discussion interesting to you:
Longevity Science: The Way We Age
http://longevity-science.blogspot.com/2007/04/way-we-age.html