People living with non-communicable diseases, like diabetes or heart disease, are often by a family member or friend. Having loved ones' support increases that person's success in managing their health as they age.
Often, these supporters are older than 50 and can be parents, spouses, other relatives, friends, or children.
Communication is key. Asking whether a someone wants to include a loved one in appointments or other communications is a step. Training and educating on communication styles should also be provided to these supporters. For example, there may be more effective ways for supporters to learn for talking to their loved ones about conditions and treatments.
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