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Fairfield seniors to learn about patient advocacy

Lisa Freeman, a patient advocate, will give a seminar on navigating the health- care system at the Fairfield Senior Center on Monday, June 16.

At the free 10 a.m. session, Freeman will explain how advocates coach patients to improve communication with health- care providers including physicians, pharmacists, nurses, lab technicians and nurses' aides.

Transportation to the Senior Center, 100 Mona Terrace, is available for residents by calling 203-256-3168 in advance.

A $ 2 lunch is available Monday through Friday with reservations made three days in advance at 203-256-3118.

Advocates may also help organize medical and prescription information, find appropriate health care providers, and assist in organizing and understanding medical bills, insurance policies, and other relevant documents.

Freeman is a board member of the Connecticut Center for Patient Safety; a patient advocate on the Connecticut Board of Examiners for Nursing, and a grant reviewer.

"Knowledge is power. People who understand the system are in a much better position to advocate for themselves and take control of their health and healing," she said.

Transportation to the Senior Center, 100 Mona Terrace, is available for Fairfield residents by calling 203-256-3168 in advance. A $ 2 lunch is available Monday through Friday with reservations made three days in advance at 203-256-3118.

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