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Three articles are included that may help you think about your health and the relationship with your doctor.
Are You Receiving the Medical Care You Deserve? Is Your Doctor Doing His or Her Job?
Dear :

With retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor announcing a diagnosis of dementia a few weeks ago, the focus of this monthly newsletter is on medical care and doctor communication. Three articles are included that may help you think about your health and the relationship with your doctor.

Assuming that you are point blank honest:

  • Do you feel your doctor takes time to listen to your concerns?
  • Does your doctor give you all the information you need to know about your health?
  • Are you a difficult patient? Do you act on medical recommendations?
  • Does your doctor offer to treat your concerns or just chalk up your concerns to "age"?
The best relationships with doctors are honest, straightforward, and long term.
Comfort in two-way communication is important. You with your doctor and your doctor with you.

I’ve been a family caregiver and a professional caregiving advocate for over twenty years, positive relationships with physicians are important.

Being proactive about your health is even more important. Learning to advocate is important.

1 - Check out my newsletter article about physician diagnoses rates of dementia
Dementia: 50% of Older Adults Not Diagnosed by Physicians
Fifty percent of older adults have dementia and are undiagnosed. Doctors inexperienced with dementia hesitate to diagnose dementia without self-reported concerns from older adult patients. Family members lack the skills to notice or report behaviors that are relate to dementia.   CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.
 
2 - Caregivers and Aging Adults: Are You A Difficult Patient?
Does your doctor see you as a difficult patient: a stressed-out caregiver or an aging adult who refuses recommendations and treatment? Do you ever imagine what your doctor would say to you if he or she could? If you could read minds, you might hear, "I wish you would find a new doctor. I have a sense of dread each time I see you on my appointment list." CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.
 
3 - The bonus article for this month shares information about bias in the healthcare system
Healthcare Bias Against Care for Older Adults with Dementia
The healthcare industry is biased against care for older adults with dementia. For example, differing opinions exist about providing physical rehabilitation, also called physical therapy, for older adults with dementia recovering from hip fractures. Medications for dementia are discontinued by doctors without knowledge of the serious physical declines that occur. Older adults with dementia deserve dignity, medical care, and empathy from healthcare practitioners. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.
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In gratitude and service,

Pamela D. Wilson MS, BS/BA, CG, CSA

Caregiving Expert, Advocate, and Speaker
Website: www.PamelaDWilson.com

 
Pamela D. Wilson, MS, BS/BA, CG, CSA, a National Certified Guardian and Certified Senior Advisor, is a caregiving and elder care expert, advocate, and speaker. Pamela offers family caregivers programming and support to navigate the challenges of providing, navigating, and planning for care. She guides professionals practicing in estate planning, elder and probate law, and financial planning to create plans to address unexpected concerns identified in her past role as a professional fiduciary. Healthcare professionals are supported by Pamela’s expertise to increase responsiveness and sensitivity to the extensive range of care challenges faced by care recipients and caregivers.


 
 
 
 
 
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