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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Medication Mismanagement 
is the number one reason why you’re aging loved one cannot live alone anymore.

We can change that.

Medications can keep us healthy, lucid and mobile – even if they aren’t prescribed by a doctor. As we age, however, more and more medications are added to our regimens. Add age-induced anxiety, depression, cognitive impairments, dementia and generalized confusion or memory loss, and all of those pills and bottles can lead overdosage, underdosage and severe drug interactions.

As caregivers, we have to be extra diligent about helping our senior loved ones manage their medications. The results of a 2005 survey revealed that:

  • More than half of the seniors polled said they took at least five different prescription drugs regularly.
  • About 25% of the seniors took between 10 and 19 pills each day.
  • Nearly three in five admitted that they forget to take their medications.
  • Among those using five or more medications, 63% said they forgot doses, compared to 51% among people who took fewer medications.
    Source: Medco Health Solutions survey released in December 2009.

The first step to preventing medication mismanagement with your senior loved ones is to have open conversations with your parents about their medicines. Encourage them to do the same with their healthcare providers and pharmacists. In the end, by speaking up and talking about proper dosage, refills and adverse effects, you will be protecting the health of your senior loved one.

Call us today at (804) 443-4885 to set up a FREE needs assessment and our Community Service Representative can help strategize ​ways to help your senior loved one manage their medications and remain independent.

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