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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.

Senior Falls on the Rise

by lori paterno on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 4:42 PM

One in three seniors has a fall each year.  And, we are seeing more cases where the fall results in a concussion or head injury.  No matter what the injury, falls often lead to long healing times, increased disability, and a general overall decline in health.  Seniors fall more often than others for a variety of reasons.  One is simply a lack of physical fitness.  Weak muscles mixed with the lack of coordination that comes with a more sedentary lifestyle can lead to being more likely to fall.

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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.

Third Leading Cause of Death in the United States - Medical Errors?

by Deah on Thursday, July 21, 2016 7:31 AM

I recently saw on a national news report that the third leading cause of death in the United States may very well be - Medical Errors! What? Needless to say, I hopped online and did some research. Yep, that’s right. Just behind heart disease and cancer, John Hopkins has found that more than 250,000 people in the U.S. die each year because of medical mishaps. When you think about this it seems absurd that there are other major medical conditions that come in at a lower number than medical errors!

Over-Medicating Dementia Residents

by lori paterno on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 10:37 AM

A few years ago, it was not uncommon to find up to 25% of nursing home dementia-diagnosed residents taking heavy anti-psychotic tranquilizers. People with dementia can act out in loud, aggressive or “hard-to-manage” ways and so it is not surprising that medications would be used to make it easier for staff in a busy facility.  While some patients probably do need the medications to avoid harming themselves or others, it was starting to be "overused." 

  

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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