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ANCHOR LEAD: OLDER FOLKS WHO TAKE SOMEONE ALONG ON DOCTOR VISITS ARE HAPPIER, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

If you’re an older adult with a number of health problems, taking a companion along on your routine visits to your doctor may make you feel happier about the care you’re receiving.  That’s one conclusion of a Johns Hopkins study conducted by Jennifer Wolff and colleagues.

WOLFF:  What we found was those beneficiaries who were typically accompanied to routine physician visits were older, they were sicker and they were less educated so these are markers of vulnerability and suggest that older adults who are particularly vulnerable are more likely to bring what we called a visit companion with them to their routine physician encounters.  We also found that the visit companions were most commonly spouses and adult children.                               :26

Wolff says when companions actively asked questions about care and medications everyone was more satisfied.  I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.


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