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

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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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The plan stands to add to a roughly 13 million-square-foot supply of health care real estate in Streeterville that has proven to be insufficient to handle demand in the neighborhood. NMHC and neighboring Lurie Children’s Hospital have been snapping up real estate for several years to expand their administrative offices and as more medical services are pushed out of hospital settings and into outpatient facilities.

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An estimated 333,942 healthcare providers dropped out of the workforce in 2021, many of whom departed due to retirement, burnout and other stressors related to the pandemic, according to new data. 

As a profession, physicians lost the most members, with 117,000 individuals leaving their roles last year, followed by nurse practitioners, which lost 53,295 members and physician assistants, with 22,704 positions vacated, according to a report published Thursday by Definitive Healthcare.

The toll COVID-19 has taken on the country’s aging physician population is especially concerning as providers in most specialties range in age from an average of 50 to 60 years old, said Todd Bellemare, senior vice president of strategic solutions at Definitive Healthcare, a commercial intelligence company.

“There is the current worry of being able to backfill as physicians retire or move out of the workforce,” Bellemare said. “The ability for people to get into the healthcare profession, how

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