People with chronic diseases could benefit from the power of love(d ones)February 15, 20181 min read
People living with non-communicable diseases, like diabetes or heart disease, are often by a family member or friend. Having loved ones' support increases that person's success in managing their health as they age.
Often, these supporters are older than 50 and can be parents, spouses, other relatives, friends, or children.
Communication is key. Asking whether a someone wants to include a loved one in appointments or other communications is a step. Training and educating on communication styles should also be provided to these supporters. For example, there may be more effective ways for supporters to learn for talking to their loved ones about conditions and treatments.
What can health care systems do to "support these supporters" and up the odds of positive outcomes? Learn more from our experts:
Dr. David Cavan Director of Policy and Programmes
Until 2014 Dr David Cavan was a Consultant Physician at the Bournemouth Diabetes and Endocrine Centre Bournemouth, UK
Prof. Trisha Dunning Vice President
Professor Dunning's work focuses on diabetes and older people, palliative and end of life care, the needs of family carers and medicines
Dr. Samir K. Sinha Director of Geriatrics
Dr. Samir Sinha is a passionate and respected advocate for the needs of older adults
Prof. Chris Poulos Head of Research & Aged Care Clinical Services
Associate Professor Chris Poulos is the Foundation Hammond Chair of Positive Ageing and Care with the University of New South Wales