Doctor Patient Relationships - The Gathering Place, An Adult Day Center

  • Avoiding Medication Side Effects

    Older Bodies Handle Drugs Differently

    As the body ages, its ability to break down substances can decrease. Because older people may not be able to metabolize drugs as well as they once did, they might need smaller doses of medicine per pound of body weight than young or middle-aged adults do.

    Also, older adults frequently take more than one medication at a time. Medicines can interact with each other in unexpected ways, so anyone taking several medications at the same time should be extra careful.

  • Talking to Your Doctor

    Planning Your Doctor Visit:  A Partnership

    How well you and your doctor talk to each other is one of the most important parts of getting good health care. Unfortunately, talking with your doctor isn't always easy. In the past, the doctor typically took the lead and the patient followed. Today, a good patient-doctor relationship is a partnership. You and your doctor can work as a team.

    Creating a basic plan before you go to the doctor can help you make the most of your visit. The tips in this article will make it easier for you and your doctor to cover everything you need to talk about.