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Atul Gawande Webcast Live on Feb. 13 at Saint Alphonsus

Diane Ronayne  | Published on Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Hear Atul Gawande, author of Being Mortal
Celebrate 15 Years of the Village Movement and 1 Year of Boise at Home

To celebrate its 15th anniversary and the Village movement it inspired, Beacon Hill Village in Boston has invited grassroots Villages around the country, including Boise at Home, to participate virtually in an event featuring Atul Gawande, MD, MPH, author of the seminal book Being Mortal. The event will be live-streamed from Boston on Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. In Idaho, it will be webcast from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, McCleary Auditorium, 1055 N. Curtis Road, Boise. The public is welcome; free of charge.

The event coincides with the first anniversary of Boise at Home, a nonprofit that that launched services in Boise and Garden City on Feb. 15, 2016. Saint Alphonsus recently opened a Geriatrics Clinic headed by Chad Boult, MD, whose research was cited by Gawande in Being Mortal.

Following Gawande’s presentation, “Being Mortal’s Village: The Value of Community and Choice as We Grow Older,” a Q&A session will be led by Kara Kuntz, MD, geriatrician for St. Alphonsus, and Susan Graham, president, Boise at Home board of directors. Registration is requested by Feb. 10 on the Boise at Home website, (click on “About Us,” “Event Calendar” and the event), or call 424-HOME (4663).

Gawande is a surgeon, public health researcher and best-selling author. Although his book’s title alludes to death, its stories are about life. He describes people’s efforts to maintain autonomy as they age, in the face of ingrained habits, cultural expectations and one-size-fits-all corporate offerings. He also cites Beacon Hill Village, describing the Village model as an option for helping older adults remain engaged in life. That often means providing services and connections for people who want to grow older in their own homes, enjoying the rich stew of activities, attitudes and ages in their community.

Choice and community are the foundational principles of Beacon Hill Village, Boise at Home and the 350 other autonomous nonprofit Villages now open or in development in 45 states and the District of Columbia. 

A critical issue worldwide is how to support and care for aging populations. Twenty percent of Americans will be 65+ by 2030?an estimated 83 million people. The Village Concept and Gawande’s profound understanding of the importance of choice and community offer valuable insights and solutions for meeting this challenge. 

For information, visit or contact Boise at Home board secretary Diane Ronayne at                          

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