Articles tagged with: medication management

Helpful Tips to Manage Medications

Posted by: The Bristal

Medication management can sometimes be overwhelming for seniors, especially when it comes to managing multiple prescriptions and doses. The Washington Post reports that an increasing number of elderly patients nationwide are on multiple medications to treat chronic diseases, which raises their chances of dangerous drug interactions and serious side effects (see article).

Moreover, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists estimates that more than 34% of seniors are prescribed medications by more than one physician, and 72% use medications they were prescribed more than six months prior.

Seniors must be especially mindful of how to manage medications to avoid serious side … read more

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How to Dispose of Medication Safely

Posted by: The Bristal

If your medicine cabinet is full of old, unused and expired medications, it’s time for a clean sweep. That’s because old meds can become less effective, fall into the wrong hands (like the grandchildren’s) or poison a pet. But it’s not a good idea to just toss the pills in the trash or flush them. There are important safeguards you should follow when disposing of medications—to protect yourself, your family and potentially even the environment. (Nobody wants meds in their water supply!) So here’s your quick and simple guide for proper medication disposal.

Option 1: Find a Drop Box

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Posted in: Caregiving & Family
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Assistive Technology for Seniors

Posted by: The Bristal

Most of us typically think of the younger generation when the talk turns to new technology products. Baby boomers and even their parents, however, are using high tech solutions to stay connected and maintain independence. As we look ahead, there are greater opportunities on the horizon for technology to support older adults. Self-driving cars and caregiver robots may soon become a reality.

Today’s Technology to Help Seniors

If you are a senior searching for solutions to help you maintain your independence at home or an adult child concerned about a parent’s safety, there are a wide variety of options to consider. From … read more

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Organizing Your Medical Records: Helpful Tips & Tools

Posted by: The Bristal

Keeping important health information organized can be a challenge at any age.

Seniors often juggle multiple medications.

As we grow older, it becomes even more complex. Seniors often juggle multiple medications, a variety of physicians and specialists, and a more complicated medical history. Adult children often worry about how well their senior loved one is doing managing it all.

What We Know About Older Adults and Medical History Management

If your aging parent is like most, they have considerable faith in the advice their physician gives them. That often leads to an overreliance on their doctor that isn’t very realistic in … read more

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Medication Management: Service Offered in Assisted Living

Posted by: The Bristal

Dear Maryellen,

Mom takes a variety of medicines and has mixed them up on several occasions. The last one ended with a trip to the Emergency Room. She gave us quite a scare! My sister and I know she isn’t safe living alone any more. I believe an assisted living community might be the best thing for her, but my sister thinks she won’t get help with her medicines anywhere except a nursing home. Is that true?  -Angela

Dear Angela,

I’m so sorry to hear about your mother’s trip to the ER. It must have been so frightening for you, your sister and … read more

Posted in: Transitioning to Assisted Living
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