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The Slippery Slope of Aging: A Case Study

The phone rings in the middle of the night, and the person on the other line informs you that your mother has fallen—and she’s on her way to the emergency room to have her hip checked out. And so it begins, the slippery slope of aging. The emergency room visit is long and the x-rays [...]

The Holidays: Preparing for “The Conversation” With Your Parents

Memory loss, letting the house go, and forgetting to take medications may seem mild to you as the child of an aging parent. But, sometimes these are bigger signs for a difficult future. The crucial thing to remember is to have “The Conversation” with your parent before an emergency occurs. You may be muttering under [...]

How to Communicate with Your Healthcare Team

When we’re really sick, sometimes 15 minutes in the doctor’s office just doesn’t feel like enough time to truly explore the root of a problem. A study in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that doctors did not allow their patients to finish a statement of concerns at 23% of appointments. More recently, it was [...]

Why You Need a Health Advocate

Obtaining a health advocate for your family member or for yourself can alleviate the stress and anxiety that is often placed on a patient and their family. Getting sick has become more complicated. The task of understanding a patient’s condition and the fragmented health system causes an even greater challenge when a family lacks a [...]