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"Our Parents in Crisis: Confronting Medical Errors, Ageist Doctors, and Other Healthcare Failings"

Adult; Memoir; (Market)

"Our Parents in Crisis" is a compelling and chock-full-of-medical-knowledge narrative about 12 years of advocacy by the author on behalf of her aged parents in the highly fragmented, error-prone, and ageist U.S. healthcare system. The misdiagnosis in 2002 of a life-threatening illness suffered by her mother galvanized the author: She could see how the diagnosis didn't fit, even though doctors could or would not. Ultimately, Sjoerdsma saved her mother's life and became a dedicated bedside advocate, informed about the facts of normal aging, diseases in elders, and the business of today's hospitals, nursing homes, and specialized medical practice. Her book is a must-read for baby boomers and anyone else who would like to survive the perils of the healthcare system. It's both empowering and enlightening, an eye-opener.