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Do you frequently visit a doctor with someone? Do you work with seniors? Here are a few tips that will keep you and your doctor informed.Do you frequently visit a doctor with someone? Do you work with seniors? Here are a few tips that will keep you and your doctor informed. 

  • Make a list of your concerns and prioritize them — Do you have a newsymptom you want to ask the doctor about? Do you want to get a flu shot? Are youconcerned about how a treatment is affecting your daily life? If you have more than afew items to discuss, put them in order. Start with the ones most important to you. 

  • Plan to update the doctor — Let your doctor know what has happened to your  health since your last visit. If you have been treated in the emergency room or by a specialist, tell the doctor right away. Mention any changes in your appetite, weight,sleep, energy level, vision, or hearing. Also tell the doctor about recent changes inmedications you take or their effects on you.

  • Take information with you — Bring a list of all your prescription drugs, over-thecountermedicines, vitamins, and herbal remedies or supplements, including the dose.Or, put them all in a bag and bring them with you to your appointment. Also take yourinsurance cards, the names and phone numbers of your other doctors, and any medicalrecords your doctor doesn’t already have.

  • Make sure you can see and hear as well as possible — If you use eyeglassesand/or a hearing aid, wear them at the doctor’s visit. Let the doctor and staff know ifyou have a hard time seeing or hearing. For example, you may want to say: “Myhearing makes it hard to understand everything you’re saying. It helps when youspeak slowly.”

  • Consider bringing a family member or friend — If you bring a companion tothe appointment, tell him or her in advance what you want from your visit and ifyou’d like some alone time with your doctor. Your companion can remind you whatyou planned to discuss with the doctor if you forget, take notes during the visit, andhelp you remember what the doctor said.

  • Plan for an interpreter if you know you’ll need one — Arrange with yourdoctor’s office for an interpreter before your visit. Make sure the interpreter clearlyunderstands your symptoms and/or condition, so the information is accuratelycommunicated to the doctor. Let the doctor, your interpreter, or the staff know if youdo not understand your diagnosis or the treatment instructions.

~Source: https://newsinhealth.nih.gov/2014/09/helping-older-adults-talk-their-doctors

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