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Patients can never be too well-informed about their own health care.
After all, the more they know, the more confident they feel taking an active role in their medical care--something the doctors interviewed for the Health Literacy Project all agree is imperative.
"I've found it works much better when (patients) take an active role in their medical care," says Dr. Jonathan Hollister.
Here are some Health Literacy Project-recommended sources of information on health care, for seniors and caregivers.
- The AARP offers tips on how to talk to doctors.
- The Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging, a sponsor of the Health Literacy Project, offers not only many resources for seniors, but also help for caregivers.
- Caregivers, a news show from WOSU NPR News, focuses on issues facing senior citizens and their families.
- The Kaiser Family Foundation offers plenty of information on Medicare.
- The Medicare site includes a section that allows seniors to ask about their coverage.
- MedLine Plus, a joint venture of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, offers advice on talking to doctors about everything from cancer to bladder control. The site includes several articles in Spanish.
- The Ohio State University Medical Center offers advice on making the most of visits with your doctor. (PDF file)
- The U.S. Administration on Aging has a National Family Caregiver Support program and offers tips for caregivers.