Paula Span NY Times blog on Sloan

I’ve mentioned “New Old Age” before, the New York Times blog mostly authored by journalist Paula Span. I was fortunate to have Paula attend my talk in Manhattan in June, and even luckier to be featured in this recent post.

Some of the early comments on Paula’s article reveal a common misunderstanding of the main message. The idea that frail old people in general should avoid the hospital and preventive medication can be misinterpreted to mean we should withdraw the right to acute and high tech care from the elderly. Nothing could be further from what we’re after here. When you give frail old people a choice as opposed to dictating business as usual, they usually opt NOT to endure businesses usual. But it’s about making sure they have the choice.

More to come…

About John Sloan

John Sloan is a senior academic physician in the Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia, and has spent most of his 40 years' practice caring for the frail elderly in Vancouver. He is the author of "A Bitter Pill: How the Medical System is Failing the Elderly", published in 2009 by Greystone Books. His innovative primary care practice for the frail elderly has been adopted by Vancouver Coastal Health and is expanding. Dr. Sloan lectures throughout North America on care of the elderly.
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1 Response to Paula Span NY Times blog on Sloan

  1. Elderly Care says:

    Thanks a lot for enjoying this beauty article with me. It is very interesting for me to read this blog. Thank you for it. I like such topics and everything that is connected to this matter. I definitely want to read a bit more on that blog soon. Most elderly parents have the comfort of staying in their own homes. Even though they can be totally dependent, house care is still possible through the help of volunteer organizations.

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