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1 minute Elderhood book review: This quick review delves into the captivating world of aging as explored in the thought-provoking book "Elderhood." With a focus on medicine and its impact

Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life – by Dr. Louise Aronson

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Where does “middle age” end, and “old age” begin? By the United States’ CDC’s categorization, human life involves:

  • 17 stages of childhood, deemed 0–18
  • 5 stages of adulthood, deemed 18–60
  • 1 stage of elderhood, deemed 60+

Isn’t there something missing here? Do we just fall off some sort of conveyor belt on our sixtieth birthdays, into one big bucket marked “old”?

Yesterday you were 59 and enjoying your middle age; today you have, apparently, the same medical factors and care needs as a 114-year-old.

Dr. Louise Aronson, a geriatrician, notes however that medical science tends to underestimate the differences found in more advanced old age, and underresearch them. That elders consume half of a country’s medicines, but are not required to be included in clinical trials. That side effects not only are often different than for younger adults, but also can cause symptoms that are then dismissed as “Oh she’s just old”.

She explores, mostly through personal career anecdotes, the well-intentioned disregard that is frequently given by the medical profession, and—importantly—how we might overcome that, as individuals and as a society.

Bottom line: if you are over the age of 60, love someone over the age of 60, this is a book for you. Similarly if you and/or they plan to live past the age of 60, this is also a book for you.

Click here to check out Elderhood, and empower yours!

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