Being Mortal
Being Mortal Medicine and What Matters in the End By Gawande, Atul Large Print - 2015

Calling all Baby Boomers and their children! This book is such an important one to read.

I have a confession. When I got to page 30, I considered not finishing it. I felt like it was one of the most depressing things I'd ever read, although probably a large part of that is due to the fact that I'm now considered to be *cough, cough* elderly. Knowing this book made the best-seller list I chose to go back and finish it.

How do we have a conversation about our care and well-being? I can tell you that I am absolutely going to do so! My husband and I want the same things (and we know that) but we need to let our son know, too. It would be beyond selfish to put those huge decisions on his shoulders.

Being Mortal concerns nursing homes - both the reeeally bad ones, as well as the wonderful improvements taking place in the good ones. It explains how we can age with self-respect and (hopefully) die with grace, by choosing palliative care. No more simply fighting for longer life and, instead, fighting for the things that make life meaningful.

PS. I've got my advanced directive next to me and I'm filling it out TODAY.

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