Treat Me, Not My Age: A Doctor's Guide to Getting the Best Care as You Or a Loved One Gets Older

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Viking, 2010 - Self-Help - 386 pages
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A must-have manual for anyone 40+ to take control of their health in a broken health-care system.

Too often our culture defines the aging process negatively, instead of embracing it as a natural part of life. Nowhere is this problem more pronounced than in our health-care system, where "ageist" medicine often serves to worsen our medical issues instead of helping us figure out how to address or avoid them. Whether we're forty or eighty, what we need is an insider's guide to staying healthy despite the system.

Renowned geriatrician Mark Lachs takes readers on a grand tour of adult medicine, showing how we can navigate a complex and confusing system to make the best choices for ourselves and our loved ones. With gentle humor and great wisdom, Lachs explains how being proactive and making smart decisions can lay the groundwork for a satisfying, active lifestyle that lasts well into later life. You'll find out:

*How to identify the right primary care doctor, specialist, or care facility

*Why the hospital is no place for sick people

*How to make home improvements that will keep the nursing home at bay

*Why small life changes in your forties can lead to an extra decade of good health later on

*What to think about when planning financially for your future health

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Review: Treat Me, Not My Age: A Doctor's Guide to Getting the Best Care as You or a LovedOne Gets Older

User Review  - MaryTank - Goodreads

Geriatrics 101, an excellent introduction into this last phase of human life. I recommend for anyone with family entering these years and those of us 50+ Read full review

Review: Treat Me, Not My Age: A Doctor's Guide to Getting the Best Care as You or a LovedOne Gets Older

User Review  - Charity - Goodreads

Good treatise on how to prepare and respond to an aging parent's medical needs Read full review

About the author (2010)

Dr. Mark Lachs is a physician, scientist, and gerontologist at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. His research has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of the American Medical Association, and he has appeared on The Today Show, NPR's All Things Considered, and in many other national and local media outlets. His numerous honors and awards include a National Institute on Aging Academic Leadership Award and a Paul Beeson Physician Faculty Scholarship (the country's preeminent career award in aging). He and his wife, Susan, a nurse practitioner, have three children and live in Connecticut.

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