More specifically, Ankota CEO, Ken Accardi, will regularly suggest and recap a book for folks to read and to discuss via the Goodreads.com platform. You can sign up and join the conversation by clicking here.
- In most of history and through the 1940s, most people viewed dying as a part of life and most people died at home. Today in America it's only 17% (and the author speculates that a portion of the 17 percent were on their way to the emergency room.
- Dr. Gawande talks eloquently about the first patients he treated who passed away and then about his grandmother in law and his own grandfather. In the case of his grandfather (who almost lived to 110) he lived in a home with his son (Atul's uncle) and grandchildren. He died naturally and the author spoke about how idyllic his grandfather's end of life was.
- He talks about how medicine has increased life expectancy. I read that when the US retirement age was set at 65, that the average male lived to 71. Now men in the US are living on average to 84 and woman to 88. I also read an article that said people born this century in the developed world have a 50% chance to live to 100.
- He also talks about the reality that the elderly aren't necessarily sad to stop living with young ones in the home as evidenced, for example, by the popularity of retirement communities.
- The chapter ends with a cliff hanger. His wife's mom was living independently and doing great until age 84, but then one day she didn't show up to lunch and was found confused and in the wrong place and soon she'd start getting black and blue from falling...
- What do you think about the evolution from "family taking care of elderly family" to "independent living at home?"
- Knowing what you've seen as a home care professional, would you rather die in an emergency room or in your home?
- How can we make this book club a success?
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