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Atul Gawande’s Vision for Change Speaks to Lifesprk Approach

Join Lifesprk at Gawande’s Future of Aging Presentation Sept. 18 at 3:30 p.m.

Atul Gawande has become one of the most highly sought after health care speakers in the world. His bold visions for improving health care and transforming the aging experience have generated passionate dialogue and provocative ideas for everything from population health management, to home and hospice care, to person-centric care.

Lifesprk is excited to be one of the sponsors for this special presentation through the University of Minnesota’s Wellbeing Lecture Series, especially as Dr. Gawande’s thought-leadership resonates so strongly with our Lifesprk philosophy and vision for changing the experience for people in the second half of life.

We know he is making several appearances in the Twin Cities on Sept. 18 to sold out crowds and we’re looking forward to his afternoon keynote presentation that will be part of the Minneapolis Foundation Centennial Futurist Conference.

We hope you’ll be able to attend this thought-provoking afternoon.

Dr. Gawande Keynote Presentation
Friday, September 18
3:30 p.m.
The Future of Aging
The Minneapolis Convention Center
1301 2nd Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN
Tickets: z.umn.edu/Atul – (this presentation is now sold out!)

So just what does Dr. Gawande have to say about the future of aging and the current experience of aging? Quite a lot. Here are some excerpts from his New York Times Book Review for his latest book Being Mortal:

“It is also a call for change in the philosophy of health care. Gawande writes that members of the medical professional, himself included, have been wrong about what their job is. Rather than ensuring health and survival, it is ‘to enable well-being.’”

For example, “In a society that values independence, what happens when that is no longer possible? We need to reckon with the reality of the body’s eventual decline, he argues, think about what matters most to us, and adapt our society and medical profession to help people achieve that.

“Gawande searches for models of care that promote people’s ability to live a meaningful life, by imbuing them with the cause or promoting their ability ‘to keep shaping the story of their life in the world.’”

But the biggest question he raises is one that we all must answer: If we agree with this physician’s assessment, what are we going to do about it?

We look forward to the possibilities that will arise from our conversations together after this event. Change on!

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