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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...

  • Understanding the Types of Rehab for Stroke Therapy

    By Lisa Fields for Next AvenueAfter a stroke, only about 10 percent of people recover almost completely without intervention. For everyone else, therapy is a crucial part of the recovery process. Whether you need physical, occupational and/or speech therapy following a stroke depends on your needs, but the goal is the same: to help you regain control of your body and be independent once again.   Read More...

  • 8 Myths About Aging and Long-Term Care

    By Carol Levine for Next AvenueThere are eight myths about aging and long-term care, some based on a kernel of truth, that are deeply entrenched in American society. Some are relatively harmless, but others can lead to serious misunderstandings.1. Serious Memory Lapses Are Normal in Older AdultsThe myth that memory loss is naturally associated with aging is deeply ingrained in societal attitudes toward older adults.   Read More...