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Empowering Patients and Their Loved Ones

Bring a notebook or tablet and take notes during medical visits, whether you are visiting a doctor or entering the hospital. It is important to ask your health care provider about the benefits and side effects of any medications or procedures they recommend. I suggest that you, or a loved one you trust, research your health condition or treatment plan to help you stay well informed. Sometimes a second opinion may be warranted, particularly before a surgery.

I also recommend bringing an advocate with you to important medical visits. It can be difficult to process so much new information, especially when your health is involved. When a trusted loved one accompanies you to an appointment, they can help you understand your medical situation. You may also consider hiring a care manager. Care management companies explore all issues pertaining to seniors, from health and finance to housing, legal issues, and more.

While most seniors face major adjustments when transitioning to an elder-care community, Jewish seniors face additional challenges. Not only do they lose their homes, and many of their friends, but they also lose ties to their cultural heritage. This is where the Jewish Pavilion, a 501c3 non-profit, steps in. The Pavilion serves as a resource that provides room visits, festive holiday celebrations, and more to 450 Jewish residents across 50 senior facilities. The Jewish Pavilion promotes inclusion, and thousands of seniors of all faiths are welcomed into our programs.

The Orlando Senior Help Desk (407-678-9363) helps thousands of callers navigate their way through the daunting senior maze, alleviating caregiver stress while giving advice on all types of elder issues.