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    To Do: See the Doctor When You’re Healthy

    By Tara Haelle for Next AvenueNo one wants to opt into extra time at the doctor. But staying up-to-date on recommended screenings and tests is shown to keep more people healthy and independent. And this kind of care (called preventive care) is covered by nearly all insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid.Yet a majority of Americans over 50 are not up-to-date with preventive health recommendations.Preventive health is about stopping conditions from developing in the first place or f...  Read More...

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    How to Be a Patient: A Comprehensive Book on Exactly That

    By Grace Birnstengel on Next AvenueAround the time Sana Goldberg began nursing school, her grandfather had a serious, undetermined health problem.“I remember from the moment of entering the ER to the week later when he was dismissed from the hospital — having such a sense of confusion about what was going on,” Goldberg, a nurse who practices in New Haven, Conn., recalls.Although Goldberg’s mom was a doctor and Goldberg herself had worked extensively in hospitals and been around this, she’d ...  Read More...

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    How to Effectively Communicate With Your Doctor

    By Christine Yu for Next AvenueWe’ve all been there. After waiting endlessly for a doctor’s appointment, your physician breezes in and out of the exam room, seems rushed and leaves you little time to ask questions. Before you know it, your appointment is over, and you feel like little more than a series of medical tests and health conditions.   Read More...

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    A Little-Known Way to Manage Your Meds

    By Frieda Wiley, PharmD for Next AvenueCarla* (name changed) is a 92-year-old woman with congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, atrial fibrillation and a pacemaker. Like many people who have atrial fibrillation, she takes the blood thinner warfarin (her medication’s brand name: Coumadin) to help reduce her stroke risk.Taking warfarin correctly can be tricky. A doctor must prescribe a dose tailored to each person’s unique chemistry, and the number of warfarin pills someon...  Read More...

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    Resources for Your Next Doctor Appointment

    By Grace Birnstengel for Next AvenueHealth care is a huge priority for Next Avenue — always, but especially right now. Specifically, how health care can do a better job serving older Americans, and how older Americans can demand more from their health care.We know our readers turn to us for advice on navigating doctor appointments, advocating for loved ones they care for, making end-of-life wishes clear and more.I recently produced a Facebook live video Q&A on what is called “age...  Read More...