September 2014

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Health Capsule

Helping Older Adults Talk With Their Doctors

Do you work with seniors? Help them get the most out of their medical appointments with the new Talking With Your Doctor Presentation Toolkit. This free, easy-to-use resource from NIH includes most everything you’ll need to lead a 45-minute workshop designed to help seniors prepare for a doctor’s visit.

You don’t need special expertise or training to use the toolkit. The presentation offers ideas that can help seniors effectively talk with doctors about health concerns, play an active role in treatment decisions, and remember what was discussed following the appointment. It includes tips to help you prepare for the presentation, encourage audience participation, and reinforce some of the points in the discussion.

Download the free toolkit—including slides, speaker’s notes, and handouts—at