Being Mortal - Chapter 4 Summary & Analysis

Atul Gawande
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Maybe nursing homes should be burned down but no one has a better idea. The primary alternative is staying with family members. But families struggle even with two incomes. An elderly person with a daughter has a better chance of being taken in. Lou Sanders was 88 when he and his daughter Shelley had to make decisions about his future. He had a long up and down career as a small business owner, lost his wife and lost a son. His wife died when Lou was 76. Having cared for his ailing wife for years, he had learned to take care of himself. He had ten good active years until he suffered a heart attack at the age of 85. He recovered well but began falling a few years later and had developed a tremor. He was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and was having memory lapses and...

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