This online resource helps older adults prepare for doctor’s visits


Between new technologies, a confusing health-care system, hurried providers and health issues such as memory and hearing loss, doctors and aging patients sometimes have trouble finding common ground. And negative stereotypes about aging can leave patients feeling condescended to or unheard.

A free website can help older patients prepare for those conversations.

It’s packed with information from the National Institute on Aging on everything from choosing a doctor to confronting sensitive issues — and it’s designed for both patients and caregivers.

Breakdowns in doctor-patient communication are common. A 2021 survey by the AHIMA Foundation found that nearly 2 in 3 American adults are not “extremely confident” they understand the health information they discuss with their physician. The pandemic hasn’t helped — personal protective equipment, telehealth and provider burnout all affect medical conversations.

The NIA site counters those challenges with articles and printable worksheets that deal

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