107 A Guide to Better Medical Care for Families of Aging Adults


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By Leslie Kernisan, MD MPH, Leslie Kernisan, and MD MPH. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

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In This Episode:

Dr. K talks with geriatrician Muriel Gillick MD, Professor at Harvard Medical School, about her latest book, The Caregiver’s Encylopedia: A Compassionate Guide to Caring for Older Adults. They discuss:

  • Why it’s so important for family members to be informed and proactive
  • Why Dr. Gillick recommends starting by understanding your relative’s overall health state
  • How to recognize frailty, and why it’s essential to be aware of it
  • Whether frailty can be reversed by exercise, and the pro and cons of pushing an older parent to exercise
  • The importance of “goals of care”, and what to do when trade-offs become necessary
  • How to ask an older person about what matters most to them
  • How to let the doctors know what an older person wants from their healthcare
  • How to get older adults — and healthcare professionals — to value the involvement of the family member
  • The importance of someone in the family being able to advocate for better care

Related episodes:

086 Interview: Creating Age-Friendly Health Systems at UCSF

071 Interview: How Estimating Life Expectancy Helps Older Adults Get Better Care

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