Rant Alert<quoted text>Were you in the exam room with these seniors? Are you privy to their medical histories? Could they be at risk of stroke if they engage in the wrong or unsupervised exercise? Many seniors need to be supervised when they begin an exercise program. Many don't have the funds for this. Many physicians are very much in tune with the importance of exercise and how it helps with memory, fights depression, diabetes and a number of other maladies associated with the elderly. You really have no idea what went on in the exam room except that you are one of those who enjoys complaining about doctors. As I said, there are excellent, good, average, below average and bad doctors just as there are the same ratios of competency in every profession.
First, you don't know if the doctors suggested activity or not unless you are in the exam room with everyone you talk to. I would be willing to bet, this was discussed. Compliance is usually the issue in the majority of cases. Many just want a pill to do the work for them....it's a two way street. So before you jump to conclusions, you really need to think about what you are saying.
Yes I have been in the room during a doctor's visit and have driven them to and from the doctors for their 2 minute visit-which I've experienced as well from a different doctor told me write down your questions or I'm done! We asked them and they say their doctor never recommended a fitness program. We offered gym memberships, classes(Y's have a lot of good senior fitness programs), private physical trainer or therapist sessions and they don't even use the doctor said I couldn't do it excuse. We beg them ask you doctor/s about somekind of program. They look at you like it's voodoo-to me that's a tell that a serious discussion or pursuit of a fitness never really took place. Yet the doctor put enough fear of god into them to take their bp meds on time and go into a panic when they run out. But when they were hospitalized for fatigue/flu the hospital with held their bp meds until it went up-3 days later.
With many seniors in the family using this doc which is now his specialty because of the age of his practice and time in the business only one bothered with anything resembling a regular fitness program over the years. This doc is old enough to be from the era where fitness or physical therapy wasn't really looked at as a tool for non athlete problems other than rehab from a physical injury. They might publically advocate fitness but what they prescribe and/or discuss with their patients in private is another story. I get the impression most docs just want to make seniors comfortable and domestically functional. This is what I've seen first hand.
I know people who had a nurse come visit their mom a couple times a month and the nurse recommended therapy-and it worked. Be she also told him if an elderly patient isn't sick enough for the hospital many doctors won't do or recommend squat.
You are right there some difference or disparity in the quality of doctors or care. And for the prices we pay, the training they get and the services they give I expect a lot more. This is just one reason I don't want to throw money at the health care industry via the ACA.