I always ask my clients if they’ve looked at their medical history or charts. Most haven’t. So when I begin working with clients and I pull their medical history many times they are surprised to learn they have congestive heart failure, kidney disease or another ailment. Actually on many occasions, they are shocked and say something like, “why didn’t my doctor tell me?” My response is usually that the doctor told you but maybe you weren’t listening or perhaps it was stated in a language you don’t understand or maybe the physician talked around the issue. After all, most doctors don’t want to give news that isn’t going to be received well. Sometimes they coat it with statements like “your kidneys aren’t working like they used to but at your age this is common”, here’s a prescription. So we take multiple prescriptions for reasons we’re not sure.

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PAMELA D. WILSON, MS, BS/BA, NCG, CSA helps caregivers and aging adults solve caregiving problems and manage caregiving needs through online programs, live support groups, and an extensive caregiving library that includes articles, podcasts, videos, and webinars.

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