About Being Mortal BY: Chuck Dudley



One of my best friends recently recommended I read Being Mortal, a book by a physician named Atul Gawande.  Dr. Gawande has written several books, and this one concerns his experience, or as he states, lack of it, dealing with patients and their families.  Specifically, it’s about discussing with patients their anxieties and options when medicine may be failing.


As the Baby Boom Generation rushes headlong towards 65 and 70, more people than at any time in America, will be facing decisions about later in life healthcare and quality of life.


Quoting from the inside flap of the book:  “Riveting, honest, and humane, Being Mortal shows how the ultimate goal is not a good death but a good life-all the way to the very end.”




How you view the book and its message depends, obviously, how you are looking at the situation.  Maybe you have health issues, maybe you are a family member, maybe a caregiver.


The most important point I took away was this:  Empowerment and Independence are the keys to having a good life.  It’s what most of us really want, the ability to make our own decisions in our time, and to be independent to live out those decisions.


It’s true if you are 27, 47, 58, or 88.

He highly recommends families having the important conversations about what each member wants.  It’s important to make sure that when decisions need to be made, everyone is in sync.


There is so much more to this book than the brief mentions in this newsletter.  In only 263 pages, Dr. Gawande shares his failures in applying medicine, and the triumphs of people willing to empower people and help them live independently.  Mostly, it’s about being honest in a very caring way.




One important way to remain independent is to be financially independent.  To have options that empower you will depend on how hard you work at creating assets that can be converted to cash flow at the time you want them.  Want to live in a nice assisted living facility?  Then plan for it and take action.  Want to travel the world at retirement?  Sure you do, but you have to plan for it and take action.


None of these things are a surprise.  We all know we have to plan, save, invest, take some risk, and hedge the risks.  The most important thing is to take action.


That’s what we help you do.  And if you are interested, take some time to read Being Mortal.




If you really want to make sure you have right ideas for moving forward in a positive manner, we will listen.  We’ve been able to help families and businesses learn to use money wisely, and we’d like to help you too.   We would be honored to visit with you about how to help you and your business.  My number is 501-318-0010, or you can send me an email at cdudley@argentfinancial.com.

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Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2020, Argent Financial Group (Argent) is a leading, independent, fiduciary wealth management firm. Responsible for more than $30 billion in client assets, Argent provides individuals, families, businesses and institutions with a broad range of wealth management services, including trust and estate administration, investment management, ESOPs, retirement plan consulting, funeral and cemetery trusts, charitable organization administration, oil and gas (mineral) management and other unique financial services. Headquartered in Ruston, Louisiana, Argent was formed in 1990 and traces its roots back to 1930.

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