Author: National Institute on Aging
In the past, older people have held doctors in high esteem and treated them with deference. This view may change over time as aging baby boomers are likely to take a more egalitarian and active approach to their own health care.
Today, many older people don’t want to “waste the doctor’s time” with concerns they think the clinician will deem unimportant. Patients sometimes worry that if they complain too much about minor issues, they won’t be taken seriously later on. Or, they are afraid of the diagnosis or treatment. They may worry that the physician will recommend surgery or suggest costly diagnostic tests or medications.