For all caregivers regarding prescription drugs
Hello all, I don’t know about you, but when I first brought up the possibility that my FIL’s (age 89) prescriptions might be causing too many side effects (dementia, falls, insomnia, incontinence, weakness), the doctor poo-pood my worries and told me to stop looking at the internet. It took five different conversations and office visits to get the doctor to prescribe a much lower dosage of two of his medications. Quality of life and how effective they really are we’re what finally turned the tide. This article backs up my experience. We, as caregivers, often have to be sole advocate for this we care for. People of my in-laws generation do NOT question what their doctor orders. What I will say is that after getting Dad’s medications revamped, that he is certainly much more alert and suffers far fewer side effects than before.
Here's the article: The Washington Post "The other big drug problem: Older people taking too many pills"