Making It Work
Real Simple|July 2019
Making It Work

How do you manage medical appointments and records for your kids and parents?

Jane Porter

My dad is 86 and has Alzheimer’s.

My mother, siblings, or I would accompany him to doctor’s appointments so we could advocate for him and ask the right questions. We used a workbook from the Institute on Aging in San Francisco to keep track of details. His medical records are accessible through his provider’s website, so we can see his medication, appointments, and test results. We also used AARP’s Prepare to Care guide, which lays out everything a caregiver will have to plan for.

When I was 27, I was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer.


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July 2019