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MomDaughter3Dear Carol: My mother is relatively healthy for a 76-year-old woman but she’s overcome cancer twice and I worry about losing her. She doesn’t show any signs of dementia, which I know because she actually went through screening with a specialist to prove to me that she is capable of doing what she wants. She does want me to accompany her to the doctor, and I’m Power of Attorney for her health, but she says that I take over the appointment when we’re there. I try not to do that, but I want the doctor to know that Mom takes risks like shoveling light snow rather than waiting for the people who are paid to do it and doing exercises without someone around to make sure she doesn’t fall. She says that what she does isn’t risky and she’s careful, so he gets angry with me when I interrupt her at the doctor’s to ask his opinion. Should I not tell him what she does?– MW

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