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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 – Bargain Price, 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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Adult; 1 edition (September 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670022101
  • ASIN: B004HEXSMC
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.3 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,524,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mike on September 26, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I'm a geriatrician who read this book to see how Dr. Lachs addressed the issues that my patients and their loved ones face daily. This is a masterful book. In it, Dr. Lachs provides superb advice not only about how to prevent the physical, mental, emotional, and financial challenges of getting older, but thoughtful and concrete steps for how to cope with these challenges when they arise. This is a book that is both optimistic and realistic, letting readers know what they can do for themselves or loved ones while acknowledging the truth that that getting old is hard, and that there are no quick fixes. The book works well as a cover-to-cover read and a reference book to pull from the bookshelf for guidance about how to manage a specific type of problem. It is essential reading for people who are getting old and for the people who love and care for them. I highly recommend it.
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I originally read this book hoping that it would give me some direction on how to handle my aging parents. But in addition to giving me really helpful information for them, it also provided me with things that I should be doing for myself (in my 40s), so I can stay healthier as I age. This is great information that unfortunately my doctors never bring up or discuss. It's a must read for yourself and to help with older parents.
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Treat Me Not My Age is outstanding and is the rare book that everyone in the US would benefit from reading. All of us are aging and most of us are or will be taking care of elderly family members, friends and neighbors. Dr. Lachs, a prominent geriatrician, provides us with a readable, practical and humorous look at aging and the complexities and problems of how to keep healthy and get better health care. His answers to such critical questions as how to choose physicians, navigate the health care system are extremely useful. His most important piece of advice, however, is that every one of us has to take charge of our own health and health care; fortunately his book tells us how to do it.
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By Polly B on September 23, 2010
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This is a book that should be in the home of people of all ages. Whether you have aging parents or grandparents, or are in your golden years you need this book. Here is a true narrative written so that you can easily understand and navigate our very complicated health care delivery system. The time to read it is when you are not stressed and trying to negotiate care. This is what you need to be prepared. Even if you think you understand the system, trust me - you don't. I am in the health- care field, have a 95 year old aunt, and have learned a tremendous amount from this book.

Stephanie Lederman
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This is an invaluable book for baby boomers and their parents. Dr. Lachs clearly understands how aging is viewed by society and the medical system. Reading this book is like getting an insider's view of the medical field of geriatrics. He offers practical, common sense, and highly beneficial advice--with a sense of humor--on dealing with an unavoidable subject for everyone. I highly recommend this book. It is destined to become a book "for the ages," both literally and figuratively.
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Dr Lachs covers an enormous amount of important ground here about the aging process and the medical system and he does so with a writing style that is both charming and witty. I especially loved the stories he told throughout the book-he actually made the book enjoyable to read! I will definitely buy my aging parents a copy as I know they too will learn a lot from his incredible knowledge and experience. Great job Dr Lachs!
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Treat me, Not My Age... is full of important information for both the prospective older patient and for their busy children. As someone who wants to do the right thing for my own parents while also addressing the complexity of raising my kids, it is essential to have this resource guide.

This guide navigates the reader through the maze of issues, litany of concerns and intricacies of a complex and ever changing geriatric care world.

Dr. Lachs talks in real words about real issues and does so in a way that creates calm, understanding and strategy that makes it all seem manageable. It is a book to keep by your side.
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I thought I had a pretty good fix on how to get good medical care for aging friends and relatives, but this book had tips that I never thought of. This book is very readable and ought to be assigned reading for anyone with responsibility for an older person who has to be hospitalized. Actually, if you read it, you may avoid the hospitalization, which is even better.
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