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Medication Management For Seniors

Medication Management For Seniors – Today’s guest blog is by Troy Diffenderfer of SeniorCaring.comThe opinions expressed by the author in this and all guest blogs are not necessarily those of Marc J. Victor, P.C.

Medication Management For Seniors

No matter what age you are, managing medications can become confusing and if not handled properly, it can become very dangerous. It is critical that older adults take only the medications prescribed to them, exactly as prescribed and to have confirmation from their physician and pharmacist that there will not be potentially dangerous drug interactions and complications. Medication management for seniors is something that should be discussed so you can maintain the safety of yourself and your loved ones.

Medication Management For Seniors

Senior care communities have resources to help residents manage these medication needs. But, what do you do if you’re not at a senior community? How do you ensure that you or your loved one is managing medication properly? Well, luckily there are a few different ways that you can ensure that medication is properly managed so you or your loved one can age happily.

Medication Management For Seniors

The importance of medication management cannot be overstated, especially when it comes to caring for the elderly, who often take multiple medications simultaneously to treat different conditions and symptoms. In official terminology, this is called polypharmacy. While we may have gotten used to our loved ones taking multiple medications, you should still actively monitor their management of the medication.

Write Down Medications

One of the first and easiest steps to take when you’re working on medication management for seniors is to make a list of the medication your senior is taking. The list should include the name of the prescription, the method it’s consumed, the dosage, how often it needs to be taken, and any alarming side effects to keep an eye out for. In many cases, two or more medications might not mix well, so it’s important that you have them all written down in case a mistake occurs. Also, in the case of a medical emergency, you will have the information necessary to give to medical professionals.

Medication Management For Seniors

Ask Questions

According to a 2010 article in American Nurse Today, “44% of men and 57% of women older than age 65 take five or more medications per week; about 12% of both men and women take 10 or more medications per week.” This is exactly why it’s important that you continue to ask questions. Whether it’s asking your doctor if there are other home remedies or exercises that you or your loved one can do reduce medication consumption. Asking questions can save you a lot of time, money, and worrying.

Senior-Safe Medication Bottles

Another great tip for medication management for seniors is the ability to get medications in bottles and containers that are easily accessible for seniors. Keep medicines in their original containers, and never put more than one kind of medicine in the same container. Consider using multi-day dispensers that organize your medicines by the day and time that you should take them.

Minimize the Amount Of Healthcare Professionals You Use

As we grow older, we might begin to visit a number of healthcare professionals that all have their own opinion. While it’s always important to get more than one opinion when it comes to your health, you don’t want a number of different physicians giving you a variety of medications and diagnoses. Keeping the number of doctors and pharmacies to a minimum is better for you and better for the providers who must coordinate care.

 

About the author – Troy Diffenderfer has spent time working with seniors and the senior caring process over the years. He currently writes for SeniorCaring.com and provides content specializing in the care of seniors. In his free time, he enjoys reading and listening to true crime podcasts.

Medication Management For Seniors

 

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One Comment

  1. Max Sayer September 19, 2017 at 4:48 pm - Reply

    Minimizing the amount of doctors you see is a great tip. My grandma has started taking a lot of medications lately. I’ll have to discuss this with her.

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