Tune in 'Being Mortal' Documentary bringing to life Atul Gawande's best selling book with PBS's Frontline
How our healthcare system thinks about and treats death and dying is a great concern for the Healthy Aging Task Force MV.We encourage you to tune in on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, at 10 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings) for the premiere of the documentary film 'Being Mortal'.
Death is something we will all one day face. So why is it so hard for doctors to talk about dying with their patients? And how can the medical profession better help people navigate the final chapters of their lives with confidence, direction and purpose?
Renowned surgeon and New Yorker writer Atul Gawande explored those questions in his bestselling book, Being Mortal. Now, Gawande teams with FRONTLINE (PBS) on a Feb. 10 documentarythat brings his personal journey — and the stories of his patients and their families — to life, and that challenges us all to reexamine how we think about death and dying.
Three years in the making, Being Mortalis a provocative, powerful, and deeply personal look at how and why, in Gawande’s words, “medicine fails the people it’s supposed to help” at the end of life.
Through the intimate stories of patients, their families and their doctors, the documentary also explores what’s being done to turn the tide — and how asking the simple question, “What matters most if your time becomes short?” can help every single one of us live lives that are meaningful all the way until the very end.