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Choosing a doctor or therapist who older people trust and feel they can communicate with is one of the most important aspects of health management. In the past, doctors were revered as being the source of all knowledge about medical issues, and patients tended to accept their analysis of the situation without question. People would occasionally

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Older people are likely to need medical attention with increasing frequency, and, because of chronic health problems, they are likely to need more medicines than other people. Medication is often used inappropriately by the patient. This is not necessarily because they do not understand the label but, rather, because they did not understand the

The Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), and the Repatriation Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (RPBS) are programs through which the government subsidises the cost of prescription medicines. The Department of Health and Ageing PBS Page has full information about the scheme and the drugs that can be obtained through the PBS. You will also find


The possibility of requiring medical attention in a hospital can be quite daunting for older people. This is particularly so if they were last in hospital as a child, or in their country of origin, or if previous experiences have been traumatic. Understanding the system and recognising that patients have rights can be helpful in easing older


Hospice and palliative care services can be part of a total approach to care for people who are terminally ill. The philosophy behind this service is to provide care to relieve or alleviate pain and the physical and emotional symptoms of illness in order to allow the person to die comfortably. The person's doctor or the hospital would usually be

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This is a term that has been used to describe practices that are not used in traditional Western medicine. Whilst some complementary therapies are seen as rather trendy and of questionable therapeutic value, others have their origins in centuries-old Eastern practices. Therapies that have been generally accepted and are widely used by both young