Posts Tagged "doctor"

Talking to Your Parents’ Doctor

Posted by on Apr 24, 2011 in Family Relationships, Health Care Team and System | 0 comments

  “Mom has been having dizzy spells and seems to be losing interest in her normal activities. She tells us “everything is fine”, but we’re worried would like to talk to her doctor about our concern. How should we do this?” This is a common dilemma for adult children who are worried about aging parents.  When you see signs that cause concern, it is natural to wonder what is wrong. Often, the elderly parent will be “reassuring” or might try to dismiss your concerns.  But your worries don’t go away easily. You would prefer to be reassured...

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Definitions for POA and Health Care Directives

Posted by on Sep 8, 2010 in Planning, Power of Attorney, Powers of Attorney | 0 comments

There are two types of “power of attorney”: one for finances and one for decisions about health and personal care. Both documents are drawn up by a person with “capacity”, i.e. the ability to make reasoned decisions, who wants to decide on his or her wishes for future medical care and treatment and personal care – in the event they are not able to give informed consent. This document is also known as a living will or health care directive may, and may contain or include: Appointment of a “proxy” who will assume responsibility for ensuring the...

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Geriatric Specialists in Short Supply

Posted by on Sep 7, 2010 in Health Care Team and System | 0 comments

In a past ElderWise article, “Why Geriatrics and Gerontology Matter”, we discussed the importance of gerontology and of finding geriatric specialists for your aging parents.  Now the bad news: there is currently a shortage of geriatric practitioners in Canada. Dr. Susan J. Torrible, author of a 2006 study into the reasons for this shortage, estimated that there were approximately 200 geriatricians practicing in Canada – but at least three times that number of geriatricians is needed to meet demand.  The study surveyed current Canadian geriatricians, geriatric medicine...

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Aging Well: Top 10 Do’s and Don’ts

Posted by on Sep 7, 2010 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

No known substance can extend life, but we can improve our chances of staying healthy and living a long time. First, what NOT to do: Here are ten common health care mistakes seniors make, according to the Institute for Health Care Advancement: 1.  Driving when it is no longer safe 2.  Fighting the aging process and its appearance 3.  Failing to discuss intimate health problems with your health care provider 4.  Not understanding what the doctor says about the problem or treatment plan 5.  Disregarding the serious potential of a fall 6.  Not having a system for managing medications 7.  Not...

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