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Managing Medications for Older Adults

by Deah on Thursday, April 4, 2019 10:13 AM

Medication management is a major part in providing elderly care. Polypharmacy – taking multiple medications for different conditions- is very common for an elderly person. Therefore, the importance of medication management cannot be overstated in regard to adverse risks. Taking multiple medications creates a risk factor for drug reactions and interactions, nonadherence, financial burden and even worse. With the patient’s specific goal in mind, one needs to be careful and use a systematic approach for managing medications and adherence.

American Geriatrics Society Says Not All Medications Are Good for Seniors

by Deah on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 9:15 AM

Due to changes brought about by aging, many seniors are more vulnerable to harmful effects of some medications, including over the counter medications. When appropriately prescribed and monitored, medications are an effective way to maintain older adult’s health, control chronic disease and pain, and recover from illnesses. People of the age of 65 and older account for over one third of all prescription medication used and almost one third of all over the counter medications. I have often commented that my parents take so many medications that it is no wonder they do not have an appetite anymore.

Medication Problems of the Elderly

by Deah on Saturday, January 21, 2017 2:49 PM

What is the scariest part of caregiving for you? Many feel that it is the responsibility of making sure the medications are given correctly. I know for my mother-in-law it was getting her pain medication at a level that made her comfortable and kept her safe. I was so afraid of her taking too much, which she often did when she was still living on her own. She got violently ill a couple of times because she was taking too much. When she moved in with us and I took over her medications, it was a constant struggle trying to decide if she was really in pain or had an addiction.

Are Medications Becoming an Issue?

by Angela Schwab on Tuesday, December 28, 2010 11:18 AM

Managing medications can become an issue for the elderly.  Sometimes it goes beyond just forgetting to take pills.  Some tips here on medicaiton management.

  

Lori Paterno, M.Ed. Has a Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling From Penn State University.  She has over 20 years professional experience in Human Services, Counseling, and Education.

Lori Paterno, M.Ed. Has a Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling From Penn State University.  She has over 20 years professional experience in Human Services, Counseling, and Education. 
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