ElderHood: REdefining Aging, a BOOK READING BY Louise Aronson (harvard medical school alum)

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Talk begins at 7:30 PM @ Powell's City of Books

Free and open to the public.  There is no organized Harvard meeting for this event.  Wear Crimson colors and look for other alumni!


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 moment that humans are living longer than ever, we’ve made old age into a disease, a condition to be dreaded, disparaged, neglected, and denied. 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. In Elderhood (Bloomsbury), Aronson challenges not only the way we look at aging, but also the way we think and feel about medicine and humanity itself.

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