Required Reading!

I just read a very important book that everyone over 30 should read!!

BEING MORTAL by Atul Gawande.

Everyone over 30 should read this book!

Everyone over 30 should read this book! 

It is shocking, tough sensitive, very honest, it deals with the reality that death can happen at any age, it is a book that will stay with me for a long time!

‎            For me, it brought back memories of when my daughter died, and how doctors have no idea how to deal with the emotional turmoil that families go through! I have worked with a number of people that are terminally ill, and it is so important to be honest and to answer their questions in the most truthful way possible.

I have mentioned in my blog before, how different the Western world deals with illness and death of their elders, how we have homes that provide care, but isolate people from their communities, vs. the Eastern world where people are much more integrated. I visited a senior home in India a few years ago, the people that lived there shared in everything, everyone used their skills and benefitting the whole home, they cooked, cleaned, did crafts, taught writing, painted, they had fun and were happy (it was a very different atmosphere). The day I was there, a guest from Switzerland was visiting and they were planning a Cheese Fondue Dinner Party! They shared their individual skills that they had developed over the years with everyone. Plus it was a very attractive place, with bright colours, gardens, etc. At that point in time I didn’t realize the uniqueness of this place!

You might think I am spending too much time on this “aging issue”, but a part of me is doing the observational work for my own good and a part of me is saying if I can make a little bit of a difference, so be it.

I believe there should be no questions at the end!!

About Betty Steinhauer

Betty Steinhauer was born in England and raised in Toronto, Canada. Even as a young mother, Betty was active in the community sitting on a number of boards and lending her expertise to various public organizations. In 1983, she founded Betty Steinhauer & Associates Ltd. a consulting firm where, for twenty-five years, she used her unique abilities to act as a catalyst, facilitator and advisor to both the private and public sectors, in forging relationships between organizations and/or individuals for mutually advantageous outcomes. For many years, Betty travelled widely in out-of-the-way areas of the world. As she travelled, the idea for The People Bridge Charitable Foundation was formed. The People Bridge was registered as a Canadian charity in 1997. The mandate of the Foundation was to facilitate important changes in the lives of ordinary people through small-scale charitable projects. Betty has now retired the Foundation that, during its lifetime, undertook over 100 projects worldwide, mostly in conjunction with organizations already working in the target area. Betty’s experience and expertise in business, along with the advice and assistance she receives from colleagues around the globe, give her a unique ability to spot the need and understand how it can be met. Betty has the unusual combination of an entrepreneur’s abilities and an intrinsic understanding of people. Betty has visited India seventeen times in the past twenty years to pursue her spiritual journey. She has frequently been a guest of the Brahma Kumaris and the World Spiritual University to study meditation and further her own spiritual life. Betty is currently active with the Steering Committee of the Spirit of Humanity Forum, in Reykjavik, Iceland. This is an annual Forum that, it is felt, will become to the spiritual world what the Davos Forum is to the financial world. Betty makes her home in Toronto, and has published her memoir “My Way”. She began her Nomadic Internship in the summer of 2013.
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6 Responses to Required Reading!

  1. Prue Chambers says:

    Thanks for the recommendation of the book; I will get it and read it! Love Prue

  2. Brian Way says:

    Betty – I am not sure what your definition of the “Western World” is. Here in Mexico the family is very important and many old people live with their families until they die. They are not put in homes, however, the senior homes they do have here, from what I read, are very different from the ones in Canada and with much more caring workers.

  3. Hugh McKeown says:

    Thanks Elizabeth. Would it be avaailable, in Toronto?


  4. robinjohnson says:

    Really enjoyed reading this one! The home in India sounds like it could be a model for others and I look forward to reading Atul Gawande’s book.

  5. Upkar Arora says:

    Don’t I even get an honorable mention for recommending it to you?   Sent from my BlackBerry 10 smartphone on the Rogers network. From: The Nomadic InternSent: Tuesday, September 8, 2015 12:35 PMTo: uarora@illuminapartners.comReply To: The Nomadic Intern Subject: [New post] Required Reading!

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    Betty Steinhauer posted: “I just read a very important book that everyone over 30 should read!!

    BEING MORTAL by Atul Gawande.

    It is shocking, tough sensitive, very honest, it deals with the reality that death can happen at any age, it is a book that will stay with me for”

  6. Jeffrey Smyth says:

    Betty, can you please send me a couple of dates when we could get together for lunch before you head off again. The calendar is filling up fast.


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