Have an elderly loved one? Consider visiting the doctor with them

KYW Staff
October 04, 2019 - 4:00 am

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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor 

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — If you have an elderly loved one, there are several good reasons to consider visiting the doctor with them. 

The first has to do with some differences in how people treat the visit. Most young people are more aggressive and ask more questions about their health, which is a good thing as it engages the doctor in conversation and allows the flow of health information to go back and forth. 

Many seniors are more inhibited about taking an active role in their own care and at this point in their lives, it's very important to have a voice. 

The second reason has to do with remembering information. It's always good to have a second person around to communicate and remember small details like changes in medication or dosages.