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Rethinking Aging: Growing Old and Living Well in an Overtreated Society

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For those fortunate enough to reside in the developed world, death before reaching a ripe old age is a tragedy, not a fact of life. Although aging and dying are not diseases, older Americans are subject to the most egregious marketing in the name of "successful aging" and "long life," as if both are commodities. In "Rethinking Aging," Nortin M. Hadler examines health-care ...more
Hardcover, 250 pages
Published September 12th 2011 by University of North Carolina Press
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I read this several days ago, and had put so many book darts in the book that I was too intimidated at the thought of collecting the notes from them all, until now, to face writing the review.
I have no idea why some reviewers say this is challenging or dry or a slog. I found it very easy to read & to understand. Good science, clearly & directly written.

So, the other reviewers did most of the work for me, as it turns out. Basically, yes, the premise is t
Aug 18, 2012 Judy rated it 3 of 5 stars
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People in our country are over-medicalized. You're better off without some tests (probably prostate, mammogram etc.). Age 85 really does seem to be a human limit. Overdoing it especially then causes more harm than good. Growing old is not a disease.

I agreed with many of the author's conclusions, but found his writing style a little difficult to read.

page 59: ...eighty-five is a realistic goal in terms of longevity. Longer is wishful thinking, and to stay well much longer than eighty-five is a lo
I was expecting a "self-help" book of the psychological/sociological persuasion. I’ve been through this type of literature several years ago during the demise of my mom and dad. More recently, I’ve read several of these books for my own peace of mind. Yes, it’s true, the older I am the long it takes to become sexually aroused...this being the greatest take-away from these self help books.

Not so with "Rethinking Aging," a coldly rational view of the current state of geriatric care. The antagonis
The hypothesis and conclusion of the MD author is that we have no business relying on the medical profession for sound and correct medical advice. Too many drugs, too many unnecessary visits to the doctors' office, too many surgeries, too many surgeries that do not relate to our medical complaints. We have no business going to the doctor because it "is the schedule'" to do so i.e annual physicals, routine XRays,etc. We only need to see a physician if we feel something is wrong like lumps........ ...more
Audrey Layden

Rethinking Aging Growing Old and Living Well in an Overtreated Society by Nortin M. Hadler, M.D. (broadcast 1-16-2012) Dr. Hadler uses his more than 35 years in the medical profession as an honored physician, investigator and educator to bring us an alternative view of aging in our society in the 21st century. Swimming against the current of medicalizing every step of the aging process, he works to make his readers able to make informed medical decisions “unfettered by worrisome notions of healt
An excellent, clear-eyed look at aging and at the over medicalization of aging. He supported his opinions well and explained to the reader how to look at the confusing information spouted by studies and those who profit from the misunderstanding of the studies. I think this book is important to those of us in our fifth and sixth decades and I recommend it as a tool in the toolbox of aging. it is much more important to read and learn from this book than to read yet another article or book on how ...more
Harry Lane
I would like to have rated this book higher. Dr. Hadler's thesis is that we overexamine and overtreat people. I tend to agree, and came to the book looking for facts and figure to substantiate this. However, I was unwilling to invest the effort it would have taken me to fully follow Hadler through the details of the many studies he cited and the conclusions he drew from them.
Taking prescription drugs and submitting to medical tests and procedures have too many side effects and unintended consequences for one not to learn about the risks as well as the benefits. Dr. Hadler falls on the skeptical end of the spectrum, and his position sounds pretty persuasive to me. Next up: Your Medical Mind.
This book was chosen by a book group member...not my normal 'cup of tea', but it turned out to be an interesting and thought provoking read. And best of all the group had lots to discuss.
Very interesting. Worthy of discussion among those caring for older adults. Didn't agree with all of it, but many of his points were right on. We need to focus more on quality of life.
Very worthwhile.
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