• We’ve probably all had the experience of being too stressed, too intimidated, or too rushed to ask the questions we should ask to get the best care. Doctor’s offices, clinics and hospitals are all very busy and efficient so it’s tough to interrupt the flow with your need for information. Dealing with a stressful health issue makes it tough to organize thoughts or feel the strength to insist on attention.

    However, questioning doctors and care providers would cut medical errors and create better outcomes according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Their new initiative tries to encourage patients and their caregivers to ask the questions and do the followup.

    See one woman’s experience in this video: CLICK HERE. Free tools to help are listed below.

    Free Tools

    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, supports research that helps people make informed decisions and improves the quality of health care.

    AHRQ offers these free resources to help you make decisions about your health care:

    • Questions are the Answer: http://www.ahrq.gov/questions
      This Web site lets you make a list of questions that you can bring to your medical appointments and gives you tips on talking with your doctor.
    • Consumers & Patients: http://www.ahrq.gov/consumer
      This page links to consumer information on staying healthy, getting high-quality health care, and more.
    • Your Medicine: Be Smart. Be Safe: http://www.ahrq.gov/consumer/safemeds/yourmeds.htm
      This booklet answers common questions about getting and taking medicines and has a wallet card to help you keep track of your medicines. Order a free copy by calling 1-800-358-9295.
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    As a designer and entrepreneur, products for women have always been my focus. In my first company DianneSullivan Designs, I designed and made fun jewelry for young women to buy in boutiques and department stores. That company transitioned into Miraflores Designs which designed and supplied custom designed soap, shampoo and other toiletries for hotel chains including Hyatt, Sheraton and many others. After selling that company, my next company, Bay Linens, Inc, designed decorative bedding which was sold through Bloomingdales, Bed, Bath & Beyond and other retailers. Our home decor products, with the brand, China Seas, was sold at Isetan Department stores in Japan. At this stage of life I'm connecting with other women over 50 who want to examine their interests and to connect with each other. At ZestNow.com I want to gather useful information and inspiration for this new phase of life.

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