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Treat Me, Not My Age: A Doctor's Guide to Getting the Best Care as You or a LovedOne Gets Older Hardcover – September 16, 2010
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Any senior citizen who has ever felt belittled by their doctor regarding a health problem will find a welcome ally in geriatric physician Lachs. As he emphasizes in this exceptionally written guide to finding good medical advice, “ageism” is an unfortunate prejudice often experienced by the elderly during hospital visits. Yet Lachs offers more than just a critique of his less-sensitive colleagues, doling out a wealth of advice on how to demand the best medical care while navigating today’s increasingly complex health-care system. Here one can find invaluable guidance on how to pick a good primary care doctor, choose the best nursing home, avoid hospital system “cracks you didn’t even know you could fall through,” and even stave off age-related illnesses. To go along with his insider’s knowledge of geriatric medicine, Lachs has a stand-up comedian’s sense of rhetorical delivery, and keeps readers amused with patient-related anecdotes while keeping them informed. An indispensable health-care handbook for both seniors and their loved ones. --Carl Hays
About the Author
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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Top Customer Reviews
This is an excellent book that I highly recommend.
My parents found it a wealth of information on what they should do now for the years ahead. they bought a copy to pass around.
No longer in print. I ordered my copy over two weeks ago but it has yet to arrive. I may add more once I read this. I suspect it will be handy even at my age!
I think it would be nice if this were available in paperback & for the kindle.
The Good: The first four chapters are fantastic. He outlines where we are as a species and how far we have gone as far as longevity. He also mentions how little we know about not just aging but caring for the aged.
My favorite parts were WHAT TO DO about it--which most books on outlining the problem omit, So here's what I've learned:
1. Get a geriatric doctor if you are over 60. They know what's going on with your body better than your GC or any other specialist. They will also not wave off any problems for the retarded sake of "aging".
2. Exercise prolongs your quality of life. Let me repeat that. Exercising, even walking, will prolong your line of living where you are happy to be alive. Many still work, volunteer, participate in things they love doing in to their 90's because of exercise. Scroll down to the graphs and it's amazing what a difference exercise makes: [...]
The Bad: The rest. It's not really BAD, it's just something so common that it's repetitive. Yes, we must not go by what one doctor says, no, we should ask for 2nd and even 3rd opinions. Yes, the doctor should give you all the options, not just those that will not upset you. Etc...
Overall? It's a worthy read, just could be shorter.