Jun 3 2011

Caring for the “fragile elderly”

 

A Bitter Pill is a fascinating and enlightening read. Written by Dr. John Sloan, a senior academic physician in the Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia (and an MD in the unusual practice of making house calls!), it explores why and how our health care system doesn’t work for old people who are in fragile health. Only a third of the way through it, I’ve already underlined or asterisked dozens of insights and am eager to share it with my family. The book is written in clear, accessible prose and enlivened with stories and case studies. It should be a must read for anyone supporting an elderly friend or relative.

Which is to say, almost all of us!