Medications and Older Adults Articles

  • The Emergency Medical File Every Caregiver Should Create

    Family caregivers, especially those acting as medical POA, should assemble a folder of these 9 important medical details that can be easily handed off to nurses and doctors when seniors need emergency health care.

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  • A Dentist’s Take on Dentures

    Dentures can help seniors improve their confidence and quality of life. Use these expert tips to ensure dentures fit comfortably and learn how to properly care for a senior’s mouth after tooth loss.

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  • Sundowning Top Tips: Medications to Minimize Dementia Behaviors

    The AgingCare.com forum is filled with people coming together to share valuable information. We’ve compiled experienced caregivers’ best suggestions for using medications to help minimize sundowning behaviors.

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  • Wandering Top Tips: Medications to Minimize Dementia Behaviors

    The AgingCare.com forum is filled with people coming together to share valuable information. We’ve compiled experienced caregivers’ best tips for medications that may help minimize dementia behaviors like wandering.

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  • Parkinson’s Disease Top Tips: Managing PD Medications

    The AgingCare.com forum is filled with people coming together to share valuable information. We’ve compiled experienced caregivers’ best tips and suggestions for successfully managing a loved one’s prescriptions for Parkinson’s.

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  • Arthritis Top Tips: Medications for Joint Pain

    The AgingCare.com forum is filled with people coming together to share valuable information. We’ve compiled experienced caregivers’ best tips and suggestions for medications used to manage arthritis pain.

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  • Behavior Changes Indicate a Senior's Medications Need a Review

    Mum hasn’t been herself lately, and it’s been weighing heavily on my mind. Perhaps something is wrong with her medication regimen, or it could be what I dread most: her Alzheimer’s disease is progressing.

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  • Medication Management: Top Tips for Family Caregivers

    Medication adherence is often a challenge for seniors and their caregivers, but even small changes in a drug regimen can have big consequences. Discover solutions other families have used to ensure OTC and Rx meds and supplements are taken as directed.

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  • Caring for a Loved One on Blood Thinners

    Millions of people are prescribed blood thinners each year to help prevent strokes, heart attacks and other medical emergencies. These medications are life savers, but there are certain lifestyle alterations that users must make when taking them. However, the responsibility for implementing these changes and ensuring compliance typically falls to the person's caregiver. These tips can help make this transition safer, smoother and less of a hassle.

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  • My Final Decision on 5-HTP and BP Medication

    It was a struggle with my doctors AND family, but I finally stopped taking 5-HTP and pills for hypertension. That journey was a long, strange trip.

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  • My History with Blood Pressure Medications

    Doctors told me for years that I needed blood pressure medication, but then I began to challenge their recommendations. What I decided to do might not be right for everyone, but it was right for me.

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  • My 5-HTP Saga

    The over-the-counter supplement 5-HTP has been a friend to me for years until I started running into trouble with it. This is part of my long history with 5-HTP and blood pressure issues.

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  • The Pills and Supplements I've Ditched

    I used to take lots of medications and supplements but have whittled the list down to only four. Here are a few I took for years, under the impression that they were making me healthier, and my reasons for discontinuing them.

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  • The Four Medications I Take Regularly

    A personal story from a patient with Parkinson's disease detailing his ideas on medications and the path to finding the prescriptions and supplements that work for him.

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  • Study Addresses Caregivers' Questions about Donepezil

    The AgingCare community is often abuzz with questions about the effectiveness of medications for Alzheimer's and dementia. A new study offers insights on the benefits of Aricept and how it may delay a patient's need for nursing home placement.

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  • Medical Marijuana May Hold Hope for Some

    Individuals who have chronic conditions and live in states where marijuana is legal for medical use may benefit from this alternative treatment.

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  • How to Afford Expensive Medications on a Budget

    Most individuals over 65 take multiple prescriptions every day, which can pack a serious financial punch. A veteran caregiver shares her strategies for finding and buying competitively priced medicines.

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  • Help America Start Talking About Opioids

    Millions of Americans are prescribed opioid pain medications, but discussions on safe usage and how to reduce the risk of an overdose have fallen by the wayside. Learn how you can help keep yourself and your loved one safe while taking these medicines.

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  • Dementia Agitation and Medications

    Cognitive decline can cause a number of different emotional and behavioral issues that are especially challenging for caregivers. Sometimes the best option for reducing a patient's anxiety, depression, or combativeness is medication.

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  • How to Tell the Difference between Prescription Abuse and Misuse

    Older adults often take multiple medications each day, increasing their risk for intentionally abusing or mistakenly misusing prescription drugs.

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