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

By: Louise Aronson
Narrated by: Eliza Foss
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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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  • Eric Troyer
  • 21-08-20

Well written but too long

Well written book. Great ideas. Reading was excellent. But the book went on far too long for my tastes.

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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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  • 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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  • 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.

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  • B. Hamlin
  • 19-04-22

Too many personal reference

Nothing new or clarifying. Lots of "me" "mine" in the dialogue . Recommend you pass on this one.

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  • oiuser@worldnet.att.net
  • 04-04-22

Doctor with open eyes and full heart tells all of us…

…the truth of our likely path to and through elderhood. I’ve traveled this myself while in and through parents and grandparents. Aronson speaks the truth and offers us the opportunity to prepare ourselves and our loved ones proactively, forsaking denial, embracing reality.

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  • Marianne Murphy Zarzana
  • 13-07-21

A Map for Our Third Act -- Elderhood

I listened to Elderhood as I'm navigating life supporting my 90-year-old mother and 94-year-old father. I'm in the thick of it. I'm grateful for the empathetic companionship, vision and advocacy of Louise Aronson as I strive to honor my incredible parents as they grow more vulnerable and more dear. I'm grateful for her calls for systemic transformation in our healthcare institutions. Hers is a much needed voice in these times.

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  • Maria Isabel de Pina
  • 27-11-22

A much necessary and helpful review of made ideas

This is a profoundly human book and I found it very interesting and helpful in helping me to face anew the ideas I have about Elderhood

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  • Joan T.
  • 16-11-22

Enlightening and Disturbing

I appreciated the depth of knowledge and experience of this author, but even more her empathy and honesty.
This book helps me begin to look more deeply into my situation and do what I can to plan thoughtfully and realistically with my family as to my remaining years. The systemic issues are daunting and certainly will not be addressed and resolved in the near future but at least I know a little of what I am dealing with.