10 Things to Discuss With Your Doctor to Promote Aging with Dignity and Independence

Having regular conversations with your doctor is an important component of aging with dignity and independence. This guide describes important conversations to have with your doctor to prepare for changing health needs as you grow older.

It is important that your doctor knows as much as possible about your current health situation. This way, if your health needs change over time, you and your doctor can tailor your care to help you live safe and well. The best way to start these conversations is to ask questions. Your doctor has a responsibility to provide you with answers in a way that you can understand. Be sure to write your questions down before your doctor’s visit and take them with you. You may want to invite a loved one to join you at the visit so that s/he can write down the doctor’s answers while you listen.