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Atul Gawande, MD wrote a fantastic book called "Being Mortal". It ponders all sorts of aging situations and their medical predicaments. The parts I liked best were the short histories of retirement homes, assisted living and nursing care facilities. I would start to recall the details but best that you read the book, I'm sure I'll get some of it wrong. He also writes about a Dr. Bill Thomas who saw a nursing facility in all it's depressing smog and decided to do some thing different. He brought in animals, plants, a garden and day care facility for it's employees. What brings more life into a room than animals and children? I certainly know from my own experiences that when a little dog/cat, or big one, comes into the life of an elderly person their eyes light up. Their bodies are warm and buzzing, they are soft to the touch.... pure love, pure joy. Their gaze is always saying "tell me about yourself". Their grand children bring hope even to the next hour and much more to the next generation. What fun spontaneous non judgmental love could someone ever find else where. Dr. Gawande brings up serious issues that many people face with end of life decisions that must be made. Decisions like when to enter assisted living, when do discontinue medical treatment etc. It's a comfort and a lesson, many lessons, all in one.

My favorite quote from the book is "Our ultimate goal, after all, is not a good death but a good life to the very end." This is my whole approach, recognition and application of a healthy diet. Take care of yourself, eat properly and you won't need medicine. You may get sick, have an illness from time to time but you can correct illnesses with food, not medicine. I just signed up for an Ayurveda cooking class. Will let you know how it goes.

Please read this book and tell me what you think. Would love to have a discussion.

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