We will use stories about patients from Gawande’s Being Mortal, other publications and the instructor’s experiences, to illustrate societal roadblocks to our preferences for how we age and die and conflicting goals of elders, families and doctors. Each week, the instructor will pose discussion questions for assigned chapters of Being Mortal. Through the readings and classroom discussions, participants may learn how they can better deal with “being mortal.” Required text: Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande, ISBN-13: 9780805095159.
David Mouw (firstname.lastname@example.org) worked 10 years in each of three jobs: teacher and researcher in human physiology at the University of Michigan medical school; rural family medical doctor in Robbinsville, North Carolina; and faculty member at MAHEC Family Practice Residency in Asheville. David is a certified geriatrician and co-director of OLLI Advance Care Planning workshops.