A Bitter Pill: How the Medical System Is Failing the Elderly
What’s worse than the failure of the health care system to adequately care for seniors? The fact that it’s actually doing them harm. In A Bitter Pill, Dr. John Sloan investigates the reasons why the medical community is unable to provide lasting health to seniors, concluding that incorrect assumptions have led to the current health crisis among the elderly. In a remarkable argument, Sloan contends that medical measures based in prevention actually do seniors more harm than good, diminishing their current quality of life in the hopes of preventing future disease. Sloan maintains that we must understand what those in poor health really need a way to enjoy the final stages of their lives. A valuable resource for caregivers, nurses, doctors, and children of the elderly, this book may just turn the tide of medical misconception that has plagued the senior community.
Makes me want to stand up and cheer
By Kristi Swede - November 1, 2010
As a person who takes care of the frail elderly in a hospital setting every working day, Dr. John Sloan's book makes me want to stand up and shout! It is as if he looked over my shoulder to see the insanity I deal with every day - elderly people who'd be better off at home, yet are now in a system designed to "rescue" the critically ill and injured, but only put them at risk while wasting valuable resources.
Some days, I can hardly bear to see what we do to/for our elderly, or what is considered the standard of care for people who are too frail to benefit from preposterous and potentially harmful interventions, yet aren't offered even the simplest kindnesses or basic interventions - hot tea, a warm blanket, an appetizing meal, or prompt toileting.
Dr. Sloan is no easier on the system which is sagging under the weight of care to a full house of those frail elderly who cannot and do not benefit from gee-whiz medicine, and daily regimens of three dozen pills, as the... read more
By M. McConnell - September 22, 2010
Dr. Sloan relies on his wealth of patient care experience and specific examples to articulate what is wrong with how we care for our elders. He does this without preaching or seeming condescending and I think that is a reflection of the passion and compassion that seem to have been the motivation for this work.
I highly recommend this to anyone in health care (like me) who cares for the elderly, is elderly, or has plans to become elderly.
THE NEEDS OF THE FRAIL ELDERLY
By W. Sheridan "Epistemological Entrepreneur" - May 31, 2010
The North American population, along with the rest of humanity, is ageing at a predictable rate. Longevity is increasing, and the median age is on the rise. The United Nations predicts that the challenge of ageing will be one of the most important social issues of the 21st century. Most countries are NOT adequately preparing for this challenge.
Amongst the elderly, some are healthy and robust, but many are not. Dr. Sloan visits and attends to those seniors who are both frail and ill. Their numbers will only grow as longevity continues to increase and medical intervention continues to innovate. Regrettably however, conventional medical practices do NOT serve the needs of the frail.
As Dr. Sloan sees it, there is a radical disconnect between the methods of conventional medicine and the needs of the frail elderly. In most cases these people are suffering from multiple pathologies, their systems can no longer benefit from standardized medication, and their... read more
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