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Communication with your doctor
Communication with your doctor
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Communication with your doctor
Communication with your doctor
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Communication with your doctor

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webinar presented May 31 2007

webinar presented May 31 2007

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  • 1. ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE: THE EDUCATOR’S PERSPECTIVE COMMUNICATING WITH YOUR PHYSICIAN E. Ayn Welleford, PhD Virginia Commonwealth UniversityCommunicating with your Physician Virginia Alzheimer’s Commission AlzPossible Initiative
  • 2. COMMUNICATION 1 2 3 Clarity & Listening & We’re in this Preparation Speaking together With loved one Taking notes 1.Flies with and family says honey prepare a list “I’m serious about 2.Glow Grow of prioritized Glow concerns ahead my care. What you say is 3.Say “thank of time important. I want you” to get it right.”Communicating with your Physician Virginia Alzheimer’s Commission AlzPossible Initiative
  • 3. COMMUNICATION & ADVOCACY 4 5 6 7 Geriatric Seek Educate Wrap up training is referrals others and rare among if you and Follow up Care are not advocate forProfessionals satisfied better care! with1.Check training your careand expertise2.Seek supportProfessions Communicating with your Physician Virginia Alzheimer’s Commission AlzPossible Initiative
  • 4. OTHER ISSUES OTHER ISSUES Educate againstCreate your own ageistinterdisciplinary attitudesteam Demand geriatric training in your care providersCommunicating with your Physician Virginia Alzheimer’s Commission AlzPossible Initiative
  • 5. RESOURCES Quick Tips—when talking with your doctor - www.ahrq.gov/consumer/quicktips/doctalk.htm Build your question list before going to see the doctor! - www.ahrq.gov/questionsaretheanswer/questionBuilder.aspx Questions are the answer – www.ahrq.gov/questionsaretheanswer/ Additional patient safety resources - www.ahrq.gov/questionsaretheanswer/level2col_1.asp?nav= 2colNav01&content=06_0_resourcesCommunicating with your Physician Virginia Alzheimer’s Commission AlzPossible Initiative
  • 6. ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE: THE PHYSICIANS’ PERSPECTIVE COMMUNICATING WITH YOUR PHYSICIAN RUSSELL H. SWERDLOW, MD University of VirginiaCommunicating with your Physician Virginia Alzheimer’s Commission AlzPossible Initiative
  • 7. DIAGNOSIS 1 2 3 Diagnosis is by Clinical Other clinical impression is evaluation: impression mostly based on: • Blood tests THE STORY • Brain imaging • Activity of daily living problems? • Other choices: neuropsychological • Onset and testing, PET, etc. course over time THE EXAM • General exam • Cognitive examCommunicating with your Physician Virginia Alzheimer’s Commission AlzPossible Initiative
  • 8. MANAGEMENT 1 2 3 4EXPECTATIONS DRUG TREATMENT OF ADVICE ON TREATMENT BEHAVIORAL RELEVANT FOR PROBLEMS: SOCIAL ISSUES: COGNITIVE •Non-medication •Driving PROBLEMS •Medical directives approaches •Medication •Wills approaches •Where to live •Alzheimer’s AssociationCommunicating with your Physician Virginia Alzheimer’s Commission AlzPossible Initiative
  • 9. OTHER ISSUES OTHER ISSUES RESPITE ADVOCACYCommunicating with your Physician Virginia Alzheimer’s Commission AlzPossible Initiative
  • 10. FUTURE NEWSLETTER/WEBINAR TOPICS May 07 - Communicating with your physician June 07 - Falls July 07 - Skin care skin breakdown August 07 - Incontinence September 07 - Transfer October 07 - Medication related issues November 07 - Durable medical equipment December 07 - Red flags : signs its time for a change in care January 08 - Caregiver’s health, stress and burnout February 08 - Attitude, Attitude, Attitude! March 08 - Funding healthcare and long term care April 08 - Nutrition www.alzpossible.org/newsletter virtualcenter@alzpossible.orgCommunicating with your Physician Virginia Alzheimer’s Commission AlzPossible Initiative

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