Coming Soon! - Monthly Live Online Caregiver Support Group Hosted by Pamela
Talking Turkey with Your Doctor
Dear peter:

Happy Holidays! The holidays are a time when families join together. Family gatherings, when everyone is together, are a good time to talk about healthcare and planning for care. Enjoy the holidays and ring in a happy New Year 2019.
Talking Turkey with Your Doctor

This newsletter follows up on the subject of talking with doctors. This is an area of concern for both older adults and caregivers. Doctors and healthcare professionals are rushed.

Patients may not receive the care and attention desired but may receive the "short version" of information which later becomes concerning.

Check out the article below about medical prognosis with helpful information and tips. A blog article is also included about the risks of falls and fractures. Support from family caregivers when falls occur is critical to speed along recovery.

Coming Soon! - Monthly Live Online Caregiver Support Group Hosted by Pamela

As the result of requests, I am in the process of finalizing a monthly FREE Online Support Group for family caregivers.

Common concerns from caregivers who want to join support groups include having to leave home, drive time to and from the support group locations, and finding someone to stay with a loved one.

You can join me from the comfort of your home using your computer. Caregiving solutions and tips will be offered as well as answering common caregiving questions.

More information will be coming in January. Updates will be posted on the main page of the website. Caregivers can submit questions by email and in the chat section during the webinar.

1 - Check out my newsletter article about talking with physicians about medical prognosis:

Medical Prognosis: Physician, Caregiver, and Older Adult Communication
Physician communication of medical prognosis is rarely discussed. Older adults and their caregivers are unaware of the consequences and seriousness of medical conditions.

Discussion of medical prognosis falls into the uncomfortable area of "don’t ask, don’t tell." Family caregivers and aging adults don’t ask because the information received may eliminate hope or be emotionally distressing. Physicians don’t tell the full consequences of a medical prognosis because they feel uncomfortable. Physicians are unskilled at giving what they perceive to be bad news.  CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.

2 - Check out my Caregiving Blog article about Falls and Fractures:
Older Adult Hip Fractures, Death Rates, and Home Safety Tips
Hip fractures result in high death rates for older adults age 65+ and accelerated death rates for older adults diagnosed with dementia. The level of physical condition, ability to complete activities of daily living, and time to surgery contribute to the level of recovery and return to prior abilities.

Participation and support from family caregivers is critical when aging parents and family members experience significant accidents or injuries, like hip fractures. Advocating with physicians, especially for family members diagnosed with dementia is critical due to physician bias.  CL

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You’ll receive tips and helpful information to eliminate worry and gain confidence. The time is now.

Questions? Reply to this email and let me know how I might be of service. Do a good deed and help another caregiver or care receiver. Forward this email to someone you feel who might find this information helpful.

In gratitude and service,

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

Caregiving Expert, Advocate, and Speaker

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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