Aging and old age have changed in recent decades but our social and health care systems have, more often than not, failed to keep up. Join Dr. Aronson – geriatrician, educator and author – as she uses the COVID-19 pandemic as a case study to explore the ageism and racism built into our communities as well as the often-ignored resilience and potential of older people. This presentation will use photos, newspaper headlines, scientific journals, literature, tweets and more to challenge how we think about aging and provide suggestions for how we as individuals and members of organizations can improve aging and older lives for all Americans.
Louise Aronson, MD MFA, is a leading geriatrician, writer, educator, professor of medicine at UCSF and the author of the New York Times bestseller and Pulitzer Prize finalist Elderhood: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, and Reimagining Life. A graduate of Harvard Medical School, Dr. Aronson has received the Gold Professorship in Humanism in Medicine, the California Homecare Physician of the Year award, and the American Geriatrics Society Clinician-Teacher of the Year award. In addition to her clinical practice and teaching, she currently leads the AGE SELF CARE program and serves as an advisor to the state of California on COVID-19 in elders. Her writing credits include the New York Times, Atlantic, Washington Post, JAMA, Lancet, and the New England Journal of Medicine, and she has been featured on NPR’s Fresh Air, TODAY, CBS This Morning, NBC News, and the New Yorker.
This virtual program is presented in partnership with the Boston Public Library, as part of Beacon Hill Village’s Living Well Ending Well series. Closed captioning is available.