Life's Final Season: A Guide for Aging and Dying with Grace

Life's Final Season: A Guide for Aging and Dying with Grace

by Richard Powell Holm


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In his new book, medical doctor Richard P. Holm, provides wise counsel for all aging people and for those caring for them. Dr. Holm guides the reader in how to see aging as a privilege not a failing and how to avoid the perils that come with the experience. Also, after dealing with his own pancreatic cancer, Holm provides a unique perspective on how to prepare for and face the dying process with grace.

However, the book is more than just a guide to aging and dying with grace. Dr. Holm is a superbly trained and experienced internist and geriatrician, who blends modern medicine with Midwestern wisdom.

• He advises a life of regular physical activity, enhanced social interaction, and good food comprised of balanced and moderate portions.

• He advocates avoiding unnecessary pills and only the limited use of some supplements.

• He speaks to the importance of intense listening, selflessness, the value of ethical thinking, and the making of living wills.

• While giving value to caregivers, he explains how to define dementia and how to care for those with declining function.

• Holm provides methods for the elderly to avoid scams, abuse, suffering and the fear of death.

• The Prairie Doc®, as Dr. Holm is often called, points out why all of us, but especially baby boomers, are at risk for pain and anguish from futile medical intervention at the end of our lives. He clarifies how two thirds of elderly Americans unnecessarily die in hospitals rather than at home.

• When it’s time, and when it’s certain, Dr. Holm shows us ways to face death with courage, in comfort, and at home, when possible.

His unusual combination of experiences qualifies him to be a voice of reason for anyone facing Life's Final Season.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781732544819
Publisher: Richard P Holm Life's Final Season
Publication date: 08/24/2018
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 633,318
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.96(d)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

A Guide for Aging and Dying with Grace

By Richard P. Holm, MD, The Prairie Doc®

Forward by Kyle Hain


Chapter One: The Hourglass—Extending the length and quality of one’s life

Chapter Two: Drugs, Supplements, and all those Side-Effects—Truth about the dangers of medicines and supplements

Chapter Three: The Graying of America Baby boomers: great expectations and great danger

Chapter Four: The Fountain of Giving—Valuing yourself, too

Chapter Five: The Golden Rule—An ancient and modern guide to making tough choices

Chapter Six: Memory Lapse-- Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other causes for dementia

Chapter Seven: In Sickness as in Health—On sustaining oneself while providing care for another

Chapter Eight: What is Suffering? The prevention of suffering near the end of life

Chapter Nine: A Silent Shame—Elder abuse: The new and old epidemic

Chapter Ten: Head-to-Toe—A care guide for the aging body

Chapter 11: Spirit Singing—On providing comfort at the end of life

Chapter 12: The View Across the Water—Accepting death without fear

Epilogue: A prairie doctor prayer on age and hoops


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