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Compassion and Tact Necessary When Accompanying Older Adults to Medical Appointments


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Dear Carol: My mom’s 83 and is being treated for the usual issues like high cholesterol and blood pressure. I’ve been accompanying her to the doctor for several years and that’s worked well​ but now she seems to be hedging when answering the doctor’s questions. I see her memory slipping just a bit which she denies,​ so I try to signal to the doctor that Mom may not be answering truthfully. This makes her angry. The doctor needs accurate information but how do I do this without making Mom so upset that she will no longer accept my help? -    GY

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