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Elderhood

Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life
Written by: Louise Aronson
Narrated by: Eliza Foss
Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins

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Bloomsbury presents Elderhood by Louise Aronson, read by Eliza Foss.

A New York Times best seller

Longlisted for the Carnegie

As revelatory as Atul Gawande’s Being Mortal, physician and award-winning author Louise Aronson’s Elderhood is an essential, empathetic look at a vital but often disparaged stage of life.

For more than 5,000 years, 'old' has been defined as beginning between the ages of 60 and 70. That means most people alive today will spend more years in elderhood than in childhood, and many will be elders for 40 years or more. Yet at the very moment that humans are living longer than ever before, we’ve made old age into a disease, a condition to be dreaded, denigrated, neglected and denied. 

Reminiscent of Oliver Sacks, noted Harvard-trained geriatrician Louise Aronson uses stories from her quarter century of caring for patients and draws from history, science, literature, popular culture and her own life to weave a vision of old age that’s neither nightmare nor utopian fantasy - a vision full of joy, wonder, frustration, outrage and hope about aging, medicine and humanity itself. 

Elderhood is for anyone who is, in the author's own words, 'an aging, i.e., still-breathing human being.'

©2019 Louise Aronson, MD (P)2019 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

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  • Lisa N. Bloomquist
  • 19-01-20

Eye opening and thought provoking

I loved this book. It was paradigm shifting, eye opening, and thought provoking. It changed how I think about elderly people, and it may even change my elderhood when I get there. It was also a wonderfully scathing look at the American medical system. As someone who has been injured by a pharmaceutical I felt validated by the author's reflections on the medical system that she is a part of. I recommend this book to all.

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  • Iron Duke
  • 29-03-20

Better Care for the Elderly

Rather long, repetitive and slow. However, the author’s message resonates with me and is important. Our medical system in the U.S. badly needs repair, especially for the older folks among us.

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  • Kendra George
  • 26-03-20

❤❤Aging population

this book is filled with great information
I am all about my seniors. I hold my Bachelors in Human services with a focus in gerontology and was a CNA for four years....I love learning everything about aging. this book was amazing and will be listened to again!!!

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  • Elliott Wolfe, M.D.
  • 15-03-20

A Primer On Caring for Older Adults

I'm a physician who has practiced geriatrics and believe Dr. Aronson's book is an excellent primer for the caring of older adults in the United States. The author is critical of current practices and offers reliable, practical and pragmatic solutions. It is not easy reading (listening) and has its depressing ;sections and moments; I had to listen to the book in short sections. One of my suggestions is to alternate listening to this book and another one that would be more diverting. I recommend this book, along with Arrowsmith (Sinclair Lewis) as required reading for first-year medical students.