The Process Of Aging And Dying Today 's Current Society

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Being Mortal Introduction The introduction provided a general synopsis of what would be discussed in the book, the process of aging and dying in today’s current society, and how that process compares to other cultures and generations. The author, Atul Gawande, also recounted a few memories of his experiences in college and as a new doctor, which created a foundation for which his topic was both presented and elaborated on. Gawande suggests that doctors are fixated on providing constant treatments and surgeries for the terminally ill, but that they never consider acknowledging the inevitable fate of the patient and help them cope with their situation. As Atul continued, he explained how, as a doctor, the greatest satisfaction received is…show more content…
Before dying at the age of 110, Sitaram lived with the children he had raised. While the tradition in India was to have family care for the elderly, Gawande stated that in the U.S., aging has gone from a multi-generational responsibility and turned into a private and secluded affair. 2. Things Fall Apart Continuing on, Gawande made the argument that until recent years, every day was a roll of the dice, meaning that death was much more common and uncontrollable than it is now. Gawande likened the aging and dying process to that of a trap door. Suddenly the good health that the person was accustomed to fell underneath their feet, no longer supporting them. He then described how modern medicine has impacted the process of dying and compared it to descending down a hilly road on a mountain rather than a cliff with a steep, immediate drop. As he continued into the chapter, Gawande discussed how the aging process seems to be based on normal wear and tear as a person lives their life. He also referenced how even though the deterioration process can be slowed, the fact is that the human body dramatically changes throughout a person 's life, especially when they reach an older age. Gawande noted these physical changes, such as how the human brain shrinks due to a loss of gray matter, and how the earliest portions of the brain that shrink are the frontal lobes, which aid in memory, judgement, and planning. At this point Gawande introduced a
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