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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.

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

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.

Alcohol can affect the elderly in different, more profound ways than it effects younger people. Unfortunately, Charlie enjoys wine a little bit too much.

How can you tell the difference between helping and enabling an elderly loved one? A caregiver outlines her strategy for making the distinction.

Financial stress may lead elders to drink and smoke more. Financial stress may be compelling certain groups of elderly to drink and smoke more while simultaneously encouraging other groups to drink and smoke less.

Alcoholism is often overlooked in the elderly. Failing to recognize when an aging loved one has a drinking problem can lead to severe health issues and can even endanger others’ well-being.

Seniors don’t fit the stereotype of a drug addict, but as many as 17 percent of adults age 60 and over abuse prescription medications. Knowing the red flags to look for can prevent a serious accident.