Someday, as Muriel Gillick points out in this important yet unsettling book, you too will be old. How do you prepare? What will you need?With passion and compassion, Gillick chronicles the stories of elders who have struggled with housing options, with medical care decisions, and with finding meaning in life. Skilfully incorporating insights from medicine, health policy, and ecomics, she lays out action plans for individuals and for communities. Most provocatively, Gillick argues against desperate attempts to cure the incurable. Care should focus on quality of life, t whether it can be prolonged at any cost.
Muriel R. Gillick, M.D. is Clinical Professor of Ambulatory Care and Prevention at Harvard Medical School. She is a staff physician for Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, and she is also on the medical staff of Brigham and Women's Hospital and Faulkner Hospital.