What are you doing for elders? It’s a question Dr. Louise Aronson suggests we ask. Whenever there is talk about changes that includes adults and children. And it should be important to you, no matter what your age, because if you don’t die prematurely, you’re going to live to be an elder.
Explore other topics related to Elderhood in this interview, including:
Where the US Healthcare system is ranked globally
What a geriatrician is
Why you may not be able to find one
When you should transition your care to a geriatrician
What is needed to improve the care available to our aging population
Do you remember Hawkeye Pierce? That doctor from M*A*S*H played by Alan Alda? He was a surgeon with great hands and wit, but (I think) with even better communication skills.
Alan became interested in communication when a life-long interest in science led to his hosting Scientific American Frontiers for 11 years on PBS. The Alda Center is the result of his combined interest in science and communication, and is celebrating a 1o year anniversary.
Dr. Susmita Pati, the chief medical advisor for the center, talks with me about their mission. And how they accomplish it. They use improvisation skills taught to actors to helps professional caregivers improve their skills.
Listen to today’s episode and find out:
how an acting workshop can improve your communication skills
why physicians (and other healthcare providers) often are not prepared to have difficult conversations with you
what you can do to improve communication with your healthcare provider