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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Finding My Voice by author David Bernstein


Title: I've Got Some Good News and Some Bad News: You're Old Author: David Bernstein
Publisher: Dynamic Learning
Pages: 202
Genre: Health/Fitness
Format: Paperback/Ebook

 Life is an aging process. Each of us will go through it in our own way. How we lead our lives when we are old, particularly as we near the end, is, I believe, worth pondering. In this way, "I've Got Some Good News and Some Bad News: You're Old" serves as a guide for all of us as we age, providing topics for contemplation and discussion with friends, family and colleagues. "You're Old" uses real patient experiences to explore what happens as we age-physically, mentally, and socially. The book also examines the tremendous abilities of medicine today as well as its limits, and the social issues that adults in America face as they age. Each chapter concludes with Notes on Living Longer, and a resource section, providing topic-specific information on organizations, websites, and other expert sources that can help the reader better understand and prepare for the prize of surviving youth and middle-age: becoming old. "You're Old" is written for the aging and the aged, their children, and younger people who aspire to grow old. It is written for the physicians, nurses and other providers who care for the elderly. The experiences explored in this book include the "good news and the bad" as the inevitable ravages of age intrude into the lives of Dr Bernstein's patients. From the most mundane situations to the truly sublime, the tales illuminate the emotional, psychological, and spiritual aspects of aging along with the diverse strategies people use to adapt to its realities.

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  • I've Got Good News and Some Bad News: You're Old is available at Amazon.
Finding My Voice

I have and always will identify myself a physician.  I do have other skills and identities such as; I consider myself an athlete, a leader, a philanthropist and an award winning published author.  In 2007 when I started writing my book I've Got Some Good News and Some Bad News YOU’RE  OLD; Tales of a Geriatrician I had to decide how I was going to present my subject matter. I knew I wanted to write about my experiences as a geriatrician and the valuable lessons I have learned from my patients along the way.   I wasn't sure exactly how I was going to present the information.  I started writing a book proposal to help me outline my ideas and organize my thoughts, but that did not give me the voice I was seeking.

The first story I wrote was about elderly adult drivers and the need for family members along with health care professionals to become involved in taking away keys of those who are at risk for harming themselves or others. As a completed the chapter, I had not discovered the voice that was going to be heard prominently through my book.  As I started my next story, I put myself in the mode of storyteller. This role is very effective when I tell my patients about real life events to motivate them to make changes in their lives, or understand the consequences of the decisions they were making. When I shared my writing samples with my small circle of advisors and my writing coach, I discovered through their observations that they heard my voice telling the story. It was at that moment that I truly understood how my voice was going to sound throughout my book. I owed a debt of gratitude to this  circle of critics, particularly Martha Murphy my writing coach.  Martha was the one who influenced me the most when she said, "David, I hear your voice throughout the entire story."

Once I found my voice, each time I sat down at my computer to write, two things would come to mind. First, I was writing my book for a large audience; baby boomers.  Every time I started writing I would think about what my former high school classmates would like to know about getting older. Second, I wanted to deliver my message as if I was just talking to a patient sitting in my office or a good friend on the golf course or a dinner party.

Finding my voice was a critical element in the development of my book.  It allowed me to be genuine and authentic as I presented my stories, philosophies, and the lessons I delivered in my book.


David Bernstein, MD is a highly respected physician who is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Geriatrics practicing in Clearwater, Florida. His 30+ years of experience have provided him with opportunities to observe and empathize with thousands of adults as they age. His compassion and ability to see the souls of his patients has compelled him to share his stories in his book “I’ve Got Some Good News and Some Bad News You’re OLD: Tales of a Geriatrician What to expect in Your 60s, 70s, 80s and Beyond” Dr. Bernstein has served as chairman of his hospital’s Pharmacy and Therapeutic committee for 20 years helping to improve patient safety and outcomes. During this period of time, he also served on the board of the local Jewish Family service and as chairman. As an associate clinical professor in the department of medicine at the University of South Florida College of Medicine, he has taught the skills he has acquired over the years to first and second year students. Dr. Bernstein has been a nursing home medical director for 20 years. He was responsible for addressing administrative and quality assurance issues. “When you give, you get back” he says about what his patients have told him and taught him about life and aging. His writing style of telling stories about his patients allows the reader to understand the complex emotions and struggles of growing older and losing independence. He lovingly tells these stories adding his own insights about this complex process. Dr Bernstein is an avid public speaker, addressing various medical topics with his colleagues and with the community at large with a focus on families facing the complex problems as they near the end of life. For More Information

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