The elderly take more medications than any other age group in the United States. In fact, they account for 34 percent of all prescriptions. Managing multiple medications that need to be taken in different dosages at different times of the day can be difficult for anyone to remember. Here are a few tips to help the elderly or a caregiver of the elderly keep track of medications:
Mismanaging medications can be dangerous. You could combine medicines that don't mix well or forget to take an important pill. If your elderly loved one is showing signs of medication misuse, dizziness, nausea, confusion, memory issues, falls, sleeping issues, incontinence, malnutrition and hallucinations, it may be time to reevaluate his or her medication regimen. If you have any questions or concerns about medications, contact his or her doctor immediately.
Implementing a few of these tips could help make your elderly loved one's life run smoother or your job as a caregiver a little easier.