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Health issues are common as we age. Some of the most common health issues faced by seniors involve hearing and vision loss, falls, cognitive decline, chronic illnesses, and mental health issues.  Information about the issues, what to expect, and how to manage will be one of your most important allies in the process of living a good quality life as a senior.

Having a reliable support system is crucial for managing health issues as a senior. Support systems need to be strong and resilient just as they empower the senior to be strong and resilient.  Some major elements of a health support system may not be as apparent:

  • Professional services supporting  independence in the home.
  • Continued  engagement with the external community.
  • Access to resources including transportation and meal delivery services.
  • Use of tech solutions, such as medical alert systems, scheduling apps, and smart watches.

The healthcare system can be complex, but navigating it effectively is especially important for seniors managing health challenges.  Older adults can find it difficult to understand the information they are asked to provide, or understand or are given.  And a senior’s health issues can begin to mount up, having profoundly negative effects on quality of life and independence.  Today’s healthcare systems are fragmented.  To receive care now requires a diverse set of skills including arranging follow-up care and gathering information.  

Want better healthcare for yourself or those in your care?  You need advocacy skills.  Use those skills to help navigate the healthcare system, talk with your doctor, get notes from a procedure, arrange for follow-up, including appointments.  The ways you will advocate for yourself or others depend upon your personal preferences and communication styles, although some are very specific to the particular situation.  Hone your Appointment Advocacy Skills using our  Have An Effective Appointment checklist.  Test drive it at your next appointment.

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You Need a Doctor. What Do You Look For?

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Please give each item a value, from 1 – Top to 5 – Bottom.  There can only be one “most important,” “least important”and so on.

You Need a Doctor. What Do You Look For?
The doctor's online reviews.
Uses telehealth appointments.
Patients can share very personal, sometimes embarrassing information.
The doctor's listening skills.
The doctor's office staff (who make apopintments, pass along messages, take your temperature, etc.)

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My passion:
Helping others get better healthcare

Do You need Help with...
  • Health challenges
  • Working with older adults
  • Working with family members
  • Dealing with the healthcare system
  • Learning advocacy skills
  • Coping with health issues
  • Coaching and education

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Patient Personality Quiz

What Type of Patient Are You?

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How Do You Compare To Others? Click on one of these boxes to enter your result!

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If your result is Old School, then you tend to be a traditionalist who grew up in a different era, when doctors told you what to do for your health and you asked them to decide for you when you had treatment choices to make. You may be more comfortable with a doctor who informs you about the treatment option the doctor prefers for you and proceeds with that.treatment.

If your result is In Control, you like to research your health issues and determine what to treat and how. While your doctor is the expert, you also expect your doctor to have done some reading on the subject or looked at the information you brought. You often figure out what your treatment options are and decide on the top two before ever seeing your doctor.

If your result is Let’s Talk, you are likely to view your relationships with your healthcare professionals as partnerships. Your doctor is an expert who helps you make decisions about your healthcare. You may also take responsibility for educating yourself and choosing to focus on those priority health issues of most concern to ensure they are addressed.

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