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We're all getting older, all the time, but too often our culture defines the aging process negatively instead of embracing it as a natural part of life. Nowhere is this problem more pronounced than in our health care system, where ageist medicine often serves to worsen our medical issues instead of helping us figure out how to address or avoid them.
Whether we're 40 or 80, what we need is an insider's guide to staying healthy, including choosing the right doctor, learning to play a role in managing our own care, and figuring out how to plan financially for our own future or a parent’s.
In this book, renowned geriatrician Mark Lachs takes listeners on a grand tour of adult medicine, showing how we can navigate a complex and confusing system so as to make the best choices for ourselves and our loved ones. With gentle humor and great wisdom, Lachs explains how being proactive and making smart decisions about health care can lay the groundwork for a satisfying, active lifestyle that lasts well into the golden years. You’ll find out:

How to identify a great primary care doctor, specialist, or care facility
Why the hospital is no place for sick people
How to make home improvements that will keep the nursing home at bay
Why small life changes in your 40s can lead to extra decades of good health later on

©2010 Mark Lachs (P)2010 Tantor
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5 out of 5 stars
By Mary Storms on 09-30-11

Read it & give it to all those you care about

Treat Me, Not My Age is an important book for adults of every age. I listened to it, then bought several paper copies of the book to give to family & friends. I even gave a copy to my internist. It's important information to have for your own healthcare & for your older relatives & friends. Treat Me, Not My Age takes the reader through how to deal with your own & your family's attitudes about medical problems related to aging, how to select & work with physicians, & how to maneuver through the healthcare system & its obstacles. It also deals with the realities of medical insurance, long-term-care, & when you should & shouldn't give up house & automobile. It's not the most exciting book you'll ever hear, but it's one of the most important as we age. Buy it now & either buy the paper book or take good notes.

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