By Dr. Brian McDonough

By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The next time an elderly loved one goes to the doctor for an appointment, try and take the time to go with him or her. There are several reasons.

The first has to do with some differences in how people treat the doctors’ visit. Most young people are more aggressive and ask numerous questions about their health. That’s a good thing. It engages the doctor in conversation. It also allows the flow of health information to go back and forth. This is of particular importance for senior citizens who have more health issues.

The second reason has to do with remembering information. It’s always good to have a second person around to communicate and remember small details like changes in medication or dosages.

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