How to Help Seniors Make the Most Out of their Doctors Visits

Prepare Seniors for Doctor Visits

Getting to a doctor visit, as well as understanding and implementing medical advice, can be a challenge for seniors. Aging involves changes in health, physical ability, and medical risks.

On average, older adults in the US tend to be in a healthcare setting about 17 days a year. Given how common (and often necessary) it is for seniors to interact with doctors, it is important to help seniors navigate doctor visits well. (Forbes)

Help Seniors Advocate for Themselves

Often, seniors feel nervous or powerless when in healthcare settings. Encourage seniors to attend their appointments confidently and to speak up for themselves.

Seniors Helping Seniors of North and East Raleigh and Clear Care have put together a useful guide for maximizing the trip to the doctor, including a start to finish preparation checklist, and tips for advocating for themselves. It also includes other important and useful information on how to see the doctor less often and reasons that may require a doctor visit. To get the guide, click here.

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