Medications and Older Adults

  • Medication Management Top Tips: Persuading a Senior to Take Their Meds

    Family caregivers are often tasked with managing a senior’s medications. We’ve compiled experienced caregivers’ tips and advice for convincing elders to adhere to their prescribed medication regimens.

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  • Consult the Pharmacist to Simplify Medication Management

    Many older adults take several prescription drugs each day, resulting in complicated medication regimens. Learn how pharmacists can make medication management easier for seniors and their caregivers.

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  • 12 Medications That Increase Fall Risk in Older Adults

    While fall prevention efforts tend to focus on minimizing environmental hazards and improving mobility, another important contributing factor is often overlooked: prescription and over-the-counter medications.

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  • 5 Healthy Foods That Interact With Prescription Medications

    Eating a nutritious diet and taking medications as prescribed by a doctor may seem like a recipe for good health, but even wholesome ingredients like leafy greens and fruit can cause food-drug interactions. Keep an eye out for these unsafe combinations.

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  • Top 6 Problems with Medication Adherence in Seniors

    Medication issues are common among seniors and can have several different underlying causes. Use these simple solutions to help an aging loved one consistently manage their medications and prevent dangerous mistakes.

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  • What Can I Do If I Suspect Dad Is Addicted to Prescription Medication?

    Addiction to prescription pain medication is common among the elderly, so it is crucial to evaluate your loved one's usage, behavior and overall health.

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  • Tips for Managing Medications at Home

    When not used as directed, prescriptions and over-the-counter medications can have devastating consequences. Ask your loved one’s doctor the right questions and use these medication management tips to reduce the risk of medication-related problems.

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  • Polypharmacy in the Elderly: Taking Too Many Medications Can Be Risky

    The average senior takes four or more prescription drugs each day. Use these tips for responsible medication management to prevent adverse health outcomes from taking too many medications.

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  • Arthritis Top Tips: Medications for Joint Pain

    We’ve compiled experienced caregivers’ best tips and suggestions for medications used to manage arthritis pain.

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  • The Emergency Medical File Every Caregiver Should Create

    Family caregivers, especially those with medical power of attorney (POA), should assemble a folder containing these 9 important medical details that can be easily handed off to nurses, doctors and first responders when seniors need emergency health care.

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  • Anemia in Seniors: What to Look for and How to Treat It

    Fatigue, weakness and irritability are considered “normal” symptoms of aging, but these red flags may actually point to a serious underlying condition. Be aware of these signs and others that warrant a trip to the doctor and some blood work.

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  • Caring for a Senior with Chronic Constipation

    It is normal to be constipated from time to time, but when this condition lasts for a prolonged period or worsens significantly, it can be extremely uncomfortable and even require medical attention.

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  • How to Sneak Calories and Nutrients Into a Senior's Diet

    Caregivers know that seniors need proper nutrition in order to maintain and improve their health, but how do we make this happen when they don’t want to eat?

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  • Protect Yourself from Antibiotic Overuse and Prevent Resistance

    Antibiotics can be useful against many different infections, but their overuse contributes to making certain strains of bacteria into drug-resistant "super bugs." Learn how to correctly use these medications and prevent resistance.

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  • Testosterone Replacement Therapy for Aging Men

    Testosterone levels decrease naturally as men age, but hormone replacement therapy for 'Low T' has become a hot topic for men who wish to offset some of the common side effects of andropause. However, hormonal supplements may increase health risks.

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  • Medicare Part D: How to Sign Up a Parent or Spouse

    Your guide to signing up a loved in Medicare Part D. Why enroll, what happens if you do not enroll, how to compare drug plans and your yearly evaluation of the Medicare Part D plan.

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  • Lowering My Blood Pressure without Pills

    My blood pressure has been a challenge these past few years... sometimes too low, sometimes too high. I'm trying to take fewer meds and supplements, so here are a few "natural" things I'm doing to keep my blood pressure in check.

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  • How to Tell the Difference Between Prescription Drug Abuse and Misuse

    Most seniors take several medications daily, which puts them at an increased risk of misusing their medications and even developing an addiction. Be aware of red flags that may indicate an aging loved one is not taking their prescriptions as directed.

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  • What You Should Know About Medicare Part D Plans and the Notorious “Donut Hole”

    Not everyone will experience this expensive lapse in coverage but understanding how Medicare covers prescription drugs is crucial for choosing the right plan and minimizing out-of-pocket costs.

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  • The Dangers of Narcotic Painkillers

    There are legitimate uses for narcotic pain relievers, but these drugs can easily, unintentionally be abused. To keep your loved one safe, it's important to be aware of the dangers of narcotic painkillers.

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