New research reveals seniors given information about their health are more likely to advocate for what they want.
(NBC) - New research reveals seniors given information about their health are more likely to advocate for what they want.
The study involved 300 older patients who had been taking sleeping pills for at least ten years, along with other medications.
They were provided information about the risks of long term sleeping pill use, and encouraged to discuss them with their doctors.
Researchers found 62 percent spoke to their healthcare provider about cutting back on their sleeping pill usage, and six months later,
27 percent were no longer taking these medications.
Experts say these findings suggest seniors are not given enough credit for having the ability to make their own health decisions, and with the proper information, they can be their own best advocate.
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