Being a health advocate for your aging parents is critical.
Before I began going to doctor appointments with my father, I asked if it would be OK to be his second set of ears. He readily agreed since background noise often made it difficult for him to hear even with his hearing aids.
Later, dad felt so discouraged, he had trouble concentrating and remembering what the doctor said, so it was even more important to me that someone be with him for doctor visits.
The article “7 Tips for Helping Seniors at the Doctor’s: Being a Health Advocate” is practical with great tactics for your role as health advocate. I am glad to say that note taking, making sure we understood exactly what the doctor was telling us and understanding treatment options and side effects were a big part of my health advocate role for my father.
I found this article on DailyCaring.com:
7 tips for helping seniors at the doctors being a health advocate
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