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ISMS Resources for Seniors

The Illinois State Medical Society has long focused on helping physicians provide high-quality care for seniors, and helping seniors manage their health and health care choices. The following free resources contain important information that becomes more and more relevant as patients get older.

Advance Directives Resources – Patients should always be in control of their own health care decisions, and advance directives are critical to making patients’ wishes known in situations where they are no longer able to communicate for themselves.

Hepatitis C Information – Patients born between 1945 and 1965 are particularly at risk for this serious liver disease, and 75% of patients with Hepatitis C don't know they have it.

Deep-Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Assessment – DVT kills almost 300,000 Americans each year. It is preventable – if you are aware of the risk factors and take action to "Be Clot Aware."

Personal Health Records – ISMS offers a convenient form, available in English or Spanish, to help you and your family keep track of all your important health care information in one convenient place.

Prescription Drug Disposal Resources – Leftover medications should be handled responsibly; otherwise, they could end up in the wrong hands or damage the environment.

Illinois Department on Aging – The Illinois Department on Aging offers a wide array of free resources on everything from avoiding health care scams to adult abuse and neglect reporting.

 

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A Blast from the Past: ISMS Celebrity Public Service Announcements

In the early 1990's, ISMS launched a campaign to foster better communication between physicians and seniors.  Known as "Partners for Health," the campaign trained over 100 physicians to improve their speaking skills, enabling them to visit community organization and retirement homes to provide seniors with answers to their health care questions.

This campaign also included participation from local and national celebrities.  From the October 12, 1990 issue of Illinois Medicine:

Seniors are also hearing about "Partners for Health" through radio and television’s public service announcements (PSAs). The PSAs encourage seniors to work with their doctor, and invite to call ISMS for more information. The radio PSA's feature former President Ronald Reagan, sports announcer Jack Brickhouse, Gov. James R. Thompson and his father, J. Robert Thompson, M.D., and advice columnist Ann Landers. The celebrities volunteered their time to record their announcements, which have been airing statewide since February. The television PSA was released last month to all public and cable television stations.

Click the videos below to hear each PSA.

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