I love that Madeleine Kolb was struck with inspiration to Change Aging while taking a shower this morning, and I love that she rushed onto our new open LinkedIn Group to tell us about it:
Madeleine Kolb • I think this is a terrific step forward. I’d like to share an idea about Changing Aging which occurred to me in the shower this morning.
It is that some things which need to change–such as the current one-size-fits-all aggressive approach to end-of-life medical care–would benefit nearly everyone. I recently wrote a blog post at http://bit.ly/hGe2db based on a post which Catherine Yanda had brought to the attention of the group. I added the experience of my friend Jill who died in December but neglected to mention that Jill was only 51 at the time of her death. Since the end of life can come at any age, we need discussion of treatment options when there’s no possibility of a cure. Toward the end of her life, Jill seriously questioned the agressive and debilitating treatment she had undergone.
We also blogged about Amy Berman’s heroic fight to receive person-centered treatment for her stage IV breast cancer.
Madeleine is absolutely right in arguing that health care reforms designed to benefit older adults can also benefit everyone else. I think one of the reason’s the Picker Institute supports Dr. Bill Thomas’ work is because they believe his success bringing patient-centered care to long-term care environments can serve as a roadmap to bringing patient-centered care to people of all ages