Advice for caregivers about treatments and tests for seniors
If you are caring for an aging relative or friend, you want to help all you can. You may urge the doctors to try every possible treatment. But as seniors get close to the end of their lives, “quality of life” may be more important than living a little bit longer.
This roundup of medical issues and tips will help you and your loved one make decisions about getting the best care.
We also provide a guide to palliative and hospice care.
See Consumer Reports’ special feature: A Beautiful Death.
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Educational resources we created to help patients, caregivers and doctors discuss treatment options.
• Advice for Caregivers
• Advice for Caregivers (Spanish)
• Alzheimer’s Disease Testing (SNMMI)
• Antibiotics for Urinary Tract Infections in Older People (AGS)
• Antipsychotic Drugs for People with Dementia (AGS)
• Care at the End of Life for Advanced Cancer Patients (ASCO)
• Cholesterol Drugs for People Over 75 (AMDA)
• Drugs for Rheumatoid Arthritis (ACR)
• Feeding Tubes for People with Alzheimer’s (AGS, AAHPM)
• Home Oxygen After a Hospital Stay (CHEST/ATS)
• Implanted Heart Devices at the End of Life (AAHPM)
• Kidney Disease (ASN)
• Palliative Care (AAHPM)
• Sleeping Pills for Insomnia and Anxiety in Older People (AGS)
From Consumer Reports
• Guide to Palliative and Hospice Care (Spanish)
• The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, a Choosing Wisely partner, has created Moments of Life, to highlight the value of Hospice.
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