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June 7, 2014

Financial Elder Abuse – Personal Health Care- Doctor / Patient Relationships

Windy Cole 5-14

Show #131


Windy Cole joins me today to discuss a variety of topics. Windy is the Volunteer Resource Manager at the Culture and Heritage Museums in York County, South Carolina.

We start out discussing the overwhelming amount of solicitations that arrive via US Mail on an almost daily basis. Some of the organizations are legit, but even then ,the tactics that they use for appeals are bordering on the same type utilized by the fraud industry.

Next we tackled personal health care, and the reluctance of individuals to seek treatment and proper care. Putting off seeking advice from your doctor can lead to dire consequences. Too often folks decide on their own, as a result of fear or an unwillingness to acknowledge that something ‘bad’ could happen to them, not to seek medical advice. If this is you, do not hesitate. Seek medical advice for serious aches and pains or lumps and moles that you haven’t noticed before.

We also explored the dilemma regarding physician and patient relationships and communication. The discussion covered the importance of open and truthful conversation when there is no longer a curative course to follow.  Why do so many doctors continue to pursue a ‘life saving’ at all cost course of action, rather than have a frank conversation with their patient. The patient may decide to live a quality of life for their remaining time rather than undergo debilitating treatments to buy a few more days, weeks, or months.

And finally, we explored the regrets that folks have expressed during their last days regarding the things they should have done. Things like I should have traveled more or worked less.

It’s an interesting variety of topics for your consideration. Thanks for listening, and for being a part of my journey with Radio 4 the Ages!



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