Most seniors take multiple medications and at different times throughout the day. This can easily lead to a mix-up of medications. Studies have shown that 87% of seniors take 1 prescription drug, 36% take 5 or more, and 38% use over-the-counter medications. Managing medications as we age is incredibly important. Here are some helpful tips:
- Gather all medications, vitamins, over-the-counter medicines, and supplements into one location.
- Make sure medications are stored properly and keep them in a cool, dry place.
- Create and maintain an up-to-date medication list. Be sure to know exactly what medications you are on and the amount.
- Pre-sort medications for the week. Stay organized and ready.
- Double check for negative drug interactions. Be sure that none of the drugs will interact negatively with one another.
- Make sure medication instructions are clear and know why you are taking the medication, how you should take it, and the amount.
- Set up a medication reminder and tracking system. This can help you remember when to take your medications and at what time.
- Understand the likely side effects of medications and realize when something isn’t right.
- Help seniors with Alzheimer’s or dementia with their medication and be aware and up to date with loved one’s medications to be able to help.
- Plan ahead for medication refill. Be organized and plan to be able to get refills for medications so you do not miss doses.
Source: Daily Caring