Zach Moss 20 January 2015
How do you give shape to the story of your life, asks Gawande?
We’ve had I think an about 50 year experiment with medicalising mortality, with casting it as just another problem for us to treat like any other, and I think that experiment is failing. But we have an alternative emerging. It’s one where we learn and elicit what matters most to people in their lives besides just surviving, and then we use our capabilities not to sacrifice it but to protect, to protect it – to protect those priorities that people have. And I think that is our opportunity.Atul Gawande. The Problem with Hubris. Reith Lecture 2014 My Life My Decision is pioneering work. The rapidly growing number of clients requesting support already proves its popularity. It’s vital to ensure people know about Advance Decisions and Lasting Power of Attorney and provides support to make them. However, it also has a part to play in bringing about a change in our society so that people remain in control of their humanity when it comes to the care and treatment of them as individuals, first and last. If you have anything to say on this matter, get in touch with Compassion in Dying (0800 999 2434), your local Age UK, or me, Penny Beerling at Age UK Oxfordshire.