Taking Charge of Your Health: A Guide to Getting the Best Health Care as You Age

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Frustrated with doctors’ visits that last less than fifteen minutes? Unclear about how to best choose a physician? Confused by our complicated health care system? Experienced geriatricians John R. Burton and William J. Hall can help you take charge of your own health and get the best care available.

Drs. Burton and Hall have decades of experience helping seniors navigate this country’s complex health care system. They distill that knowledge here, providing you with the ...

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Overview

Frustrated with doctors’ visits that last less than fifteen minutes? Unclear about how to best choose a physician? Confused by our complicated health care system? Experienced geriatricians John R. Burton and William J. Hall can help you take charge of your own health and get the best care available.

Drs. Burton and Hall have decades of experience helping seniors navigate this country’s complex health care system. They distill that knowledge here, providing you with the information you need to skillfully communicate with your health care providers.

This book addresses such questions as• Do I need a general physician, or a specialist, or both?• What does a geriatrician do?• How do I prepare for and get the most out of a visit to the doctor?• What screening exams should I undergo?• What is the best way to take my medications?

As you grow older, it is more important than ever to maintain good health. To do so, you need to know how to best access the health care system and improve your personal health practices. In Taking Charge of Your Health, you will find practical advice from two senior geriatricians on how to do both.

Drs. Burton and Hall emphasize that you are unlikely to receive good health care unless you work for it. They urge older adults to ask questions, become informed, and obtain the care they deserve.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: David O. Staats, MD (University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center)
Description: This book, written by two eminent geriatricians, discusses aging and healthcare for a lay audience.
Purpose: Its purpose is to educate older persons about the healthcare system and personal healthcare practices. These are very worthy objectives and the authors do a fairly good job with their approach.
Audience: The audience here is clearly a lay audience. Both authors are experienced geriatricians.
Features: The book is divided into three parts. The first focuses on the older person, describing the nature of aging and having chronic illnesses. The second explains healthcare financing and how to gain the most from interacting with the healthcare system — for example, being a patient in the hospital — to getting the most from visits to primary care and specialty physicians. The third part, on managing your health, describes testing for seniors for preventive health, medication management, and nutrition and exercise.
Assessment: There are many nice sections of this book. The description of a bad interview contrasted with a more open-ended interview is redolent of George Engel and a pleasure to read. In some ways, this might be better directed at the patients' physicians than at the patients themselves. This book takes quite a rosy view of aging, leaving out coping with disabilities, mental health, particularly an awareness of depression, how to become a caregiver, and a more extensive discussion of wills, advanced directives, and advances in end-of-life care. Finally, how all of these aspects of aging relate to family structure and dynamics would be a useful addition to this book.
Hopkins Reader
Concise and user-friendly.

— Neil A. Grauer

Doody Reviews
Reviewer: David O. Staats, MD (University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center)
Description: This book, written by two eminent geriatricians, discusses aging and healthcare for a lay audience.
Purpose: Its purpose is to educate older persons about the healthcare system and personal healthcare practices. These are very worthy objectives and the authors do a fairly good job with their approach.
Audience: The audience here is clearly a lay audience. Both authors are experienced geriatricians.
Features: The book is divided into three parts. The first focuses on the older person, describing the nature of aging and having chronic illnesses. The second explains healthcare financing and how to gain the most from interacting with the healthcare system — for example, being a patient in the hospital — to getting the most from visits to primary care and specialty physicians. The third part, on managing your health, describes testing for seniors for preventive health, medication management, and nutrition and exercise.
Assessment: There are many nice sections of this book. The description of a bad interview contrasted with a more open-ended interview is redolent of George Engel and a pleasure to read. In some ways, this might be better directed at the patients' physicians than at the patients themselves. This book takes quite a rosy view of aging, leaving out coping with disabilities, mental health, particularly an awareness of depression, how to become a caregiver, and a more extensive discussion of wills, advanced directives, and advances in end-of-life care. Finally, how all of these aspects of aging relate to family structure and dynamics would be a useful addition to this book.
Hopkins Reader - Neil A. Grauer

Concise and user-friendly.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801895524
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 6/2/2010
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 1,483,972
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

John R. Burton, M.D., is director of the Johns Hopkins Geriatric Education Center, a professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and a professor in the Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. William J. Hall, M.D., is director of the Center for Healthy Aging at Highland Hospital, in Rochester, New York, the Paul Fine Professor of Medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, and former president of the American College of Physicians. Between them, Drs. Burton and Hall have nearly 90 years of medical experience.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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