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

Recent statistics indicate that the number of elders addicted to prescription medication is increasing by the day. Caregivers must be alert to the signs and symptoms of addiction.

People who are under a lot of pressure, like family caregivers, often find it difficult to practice self-care. Use the following steps to work through unhealthy coping mechanisms and find beneficial activities that will more effectively relieve stress.

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.

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.