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“ None are so old as those that have outlived enthusiasm .” – Henry David Thoreau. Lesson 6: Taking the Driver’s Seat. Module 10: Small Steps to Health and Wealth TM for Older Adults. Health Strategies. Communicate Effectively with Your Health Care Provider.

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None are so old as those that have outlived enthusiasm henry david thoreau
None are so old as those that have outlived enthusiasm.”– Henry David Thoreau


Lesson 6 taking the driver s seat

Lesson 6: Taking the Driver’s Seat

Module 10: Small Steps to Health and WealthTM for Older Adults



Communicate effectively with your health care provider
Communicate Effectively with Your Health Care Provider

  • Be comfortable talking to your doctor

  • Be your own health care advocate

  • Make a list of what you want to discuss

    • Write down your questions

    • Write down your symptoms

    • Make a list of your medications


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Communicate Effectively with Your Health Care Provider

  • Medical tests

  • Explaining medical conditions

  • Consider bringing a friend or loved one



Small steps to step down your health care costs
Small Steps to Step Down Your Health Care Costs

  • Negotiate with medical providers

  • Get the facts

  • Track your expenses

  • Bring your own equipment

  • Check bills for errors

  • Follow the rules


Small steps to step down your health care costs1
Small Steps to Step Down Your Health Care Costs

  • Go generic

  • Time your expenses

  • Split your pills

    • If (and only if) your doctor approves, split a higher dose pill in half to save on drug plan co-payments

  • Sample the samples

  • Use the Internet

  • Quit smoking

  • Wash and floss


Take home message
Take Home Message

It is important to communicate effectively with your health care provider to receive the most appropriate health care.

Taking small steps to understand labels can help you make informed health and wealth decisions.


Take home message1
Take Home Message

You can take small steps to make informed health care decisions and step down your health care costs.

Taking small steps to understand labels can help you make informed health and wealth decisions.


Take home message2
Take Home Message

Taking an active role in your heath can improve your physical and fiscal well-being.

Taking small steps to understand labels can help you make informed health and wealth decisions.



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