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We have the pleasure of hosting Precious Jackson, a social worker specializing in gerontology, on our podcast. Precious shares her wealth of knowledge and insights into the importance of being proactive in healthcare and advocating for oneself. So, grab a comfy spot, sit back, and let’s dive into the highlights of this enlightening conversation.

Meeting Precious Jackson

The story of how Erin met Precious is quite interesting. It all started when Erin was in the caregiving business in California and needed to change companies for a client on home health. Little did Erin know that this phone call would lead to a four-hour conversation with Precious, where she got to know her passion for gerontology and her unwavering dedication to serving older adults. Precious’s journey into the healthcare field and her specialization in gerontology was unexpected. Growing up, she never thought she would follow in her mother’s footsteps as a nurse and social worker. However, witnessing her mother’s love and care for patients, Precious found herself drawn to the field. It was her grandmother, a centennial at over 105 years old, who sparked her interest in aging adults and ultimately led her to pursue gerontology.

The Importance of Being Proactive

One of the key themes of our conversation with Precious was the significance of being proactive in healthcare. Many individuals find themselves saying, “I wish I had known,” or “Why did I not know?” when faced with health challenges. Precious emphasized the power of having a power of attorney, which allows individuals to make decisions about their healthcare and ensures their wishes are known and respected. She even suggested that everyone should consider having a power of attorney from the age of 18.

The Role of Communication

Precious highlighted the importance of effective communication between patients and healthcare providers. She encouraged individuals to ask questions and be their own advocates. She also stressed the significance of having open conversations with loved ones about end-of-life wishes and filling out documents like the Five Wishes book, which outlines personal preferences for medical care.

Navigating the Healthcare System

For those who may feel overwhelmed by the healthcare system or lack a support system, Precious advised reaching out to their primary care doctor. She emphasized that primary care doctors are like gateways to resources and can connect patients with the assistance they need. Precious also mentioned the importance of establishing a relationship with one’s primary care doctor to ensure effective communication and support.


Our conversation with Precious Jackson was truly eye-opening. We learned the importance of being proactive in healthcare, advocating for oneself, and having open conversations about end-of-life wishes. Precious’s passion for gerontology and her dedication to serving older adults shone through in every word she spoke. We hope that this episode has inspired you to take charge of your healthcare journey and seek the support you need. Remember, it’s never too early to start planning and advocating for your own well-being.

So, let’s embrace the power of proactivity and make informed choices for our health. Until next time, stay curious and keep learning!

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John & Erin