How Family Can Help (and Not) with Chronic Illness Management: Jan CARE Connections

Read about the social context of chronic disease management and how healthcare providers can help in the January issue of CARE Connections, the monthly newsletter of the School’s Center for Aging Research and Education.

Here’s an excerpt:

One lesson for people managing chronic illness and their family is “to discuss their expectations and their preferences for their roles in the illness management,” as explicitly and concretely as possible. Health care providers can encourage these discussions.

A little empathy also goes a long way. “Patients often feel misunderstood. ‘You don’t know how hard it is to do, when you tell me to do X, Y, Z,’” says Rook.

This month’s CARE Connections also includes a profile of CARE Affiliate and School of Nursing PhD student Anne Roll, and news and updates relevant to older adult health. Read the issue here.

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This post was authored by Diane Farsetta on 01/23/2018.