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AARP The Other Talk: A Guide to Talking with Your Adult Children about the Rest of Your Life by Tim Prosch

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CHAPTER NINEGetting the Medical Care You Need

We need to remember as doctors that our job isn’t just to cure. We also need to help navigate patients and families through a complex, chaotic time in their lives when they are disintegrating and their family may be disintegrating too.

—Dr. Greg Gramelspacher in the PBSdocumentary On Our Own Terms

Compared to past generations, we mature adults are healthier thanks to better nutrition, more attention to the importance of physical activity, and more and better medical procedures and medications to keep us going strong. We have a longer average life expectancy than our parents and grandparents too: 83.5 for men, 84.8 for women.

But just as your ability to enjoy life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness ...

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