The Antidote

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Friday, December 15, 2006

Cartoon encapsulates elder care

I admit it; I'm a diehard fan of the sweetly sentimental, but funny and true-to-life Canadian strip For Better or For Worse, and after my email it's the first thing I look at every day. (The other strip I look at is Zits, a not-too-exaggerated look at life with a 15-year-old boy.)

Have a look at today's strip (or click on Dec. 15, 2006 if you're looking at this after today). Backstory: the old man has had a stroke, and can't speak, and he's pretty unhappy about it; his wife, Iris, does all the talking for him and gives most of the care. The strip highlights three key issues: 1. Doctors throwing pills at depression, even when people (especially elders) are already taking a slew of other pills. 2. Caregiver burnout. 3. The need for human connection and support.

Apparently, in what will be a loss for the rest of us, For Better or For Worse cartoonist Lynn Johnston and her strip are going into retirement very soon.

2 Comments:

At 11:45 AM, Blogger Dr. D said...

I found your site through MEDSCAPE and the "For Better or For Worse" phrase caught my eye. I am a retired dentist (Lynn Johnson's husband is a dentist) who shares your appreciation of the strip. I also love the thrust of your site vs. bad science and the long slippery road it leads down. I have now a new "Favorite" and will continue to visit regularly!

 
At 8:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not to mention the fact that a rather young-looking doc is talking to the wife while the patient is apparently left out of the conversation. :(

I didn't know Lynn Johnston is planning to retire. I'm rather crushed. :(

 

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