To help start the conversation with older loved ones about their medications or to assess potential medication risks, learn what potential medication risks an older adult could be facing, what possible solutions may be available and where you can go for more information.
Is it the pills or something else? When it comes to the issues of aging, it could be difficult for your senior loved one who is taking a number of medications to know for sure what might be causing problems.
Research conducted by Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care® network, indicates that as the number of prescription medications a senior age 70+ takes increases, so do that senior’s potential medication management challenges and potential health risks.
Plenty of programs stress the importance of talking to teenagers about the dangers of drug misuse. But who’s talking to seniors?
It’s the ultimate irony: these remedies save lives, but also have the potential to sicken or even kill those seniors who may most need the treatment. Oftentimes, medication management is a difficult subject to broach because it is so personal and something seniors may have taken care of on their own for a very long time.
There are plenty of questions to ask a senior to help determine whether he or she could be at risk, from “Do you know why you are taking this medication and how it’s supposed to help you?” to “How do you manage to keep track of all those pills?”
Remember, talking today could help ensure that an older adult stays independent longer. The Let’s Talk about Rx℠ program provides a number of resources that could open the door to meaningful conversations about medications.