This “edutainment” style talk will use images, quotations and various types of literature to explore one of the most important and fastest growing areas of health science: old age. The talk will help people see and understand aging more accurately, the first step in providing high-quality care to older patients. The speaker will explore medicine’s fraught relationship with old age, what works well, what doesn’t, and what matters most in life’s third act, as well as how reading and writing by and about key patient populations can inform clinical practice and relationships in critical ways.
DR. LOUISE ARONSON is a Professor of Medicine at the University of California San Francisco. Louise’s research and scholarship focus on geriatrics education, reflective learning, and Public Medical Communication. Louise is also a writer and has won the Sonora Review Prize, the New Millennium Short Fiction Award, and three Pushcart nominations.
With unforgettable songs and a moving story by the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning creators of Next to Normal, If / Then simultaneously follows one woman's two possible life paths, painting a portrait of the lives that we lead and those that we might have led. Elizabeth moves back to New York to restart her life in the city of infinite possibilities. When her plans collide with the whims of fate, her life splits into two parallel paths. If / Then follows both stories, as this modern woman faces the intersection of choice and chance.
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