Medication errors are among the most serious health risks facing today’s seniors. Recent research suggests many have difficulty managing their medication, with nearly 60% of those surveyed taking four or more prescription medications on a daily basis. Considering the fact that each medication has unique consumption instructions, getting them wrong can have devastating consequences, with many people struggling to keep track of which medications they have taken and when. The result can be medication misuse, however unintentional.
The statistics underline the growing problem: each year, more than 27,000 Canadian seniors are hospitalized as the result of an adverse drug reaction. Forgetting to take medication, not getting timely refills and experiencing negative drug interactions are some of the ways in which poor medication management can adversely affect seniors. With so many people living longer these days, the problem has the potential to affect many more seniors in the years ahead.
That’s why a new education program has been developed to tackle the many medication management issues emerging among the growing senior population. Let’s Talk About Rx offers a wide range of tips and resources to ensure proper medication management. The program includes such practical information as tips to help avoid medication mistakes, advice on how family caregivers can help, and 10 signs that medications could be to blame for health issues.
Recognizing that this might not be the easiest conversation to have with aging parents and loved ones, Let’s Talk About Rx offers a valuable insight into the potential pitfalls facing seniors when it comes to maintaining medication routines. The program and its free guide also provide tips and tools to help seniors manage their medications safely, and potentially allow them to remain in their own homes longer.
The Home Instead Senior Care network offers five tips for family caregivers to help seniors avoid adverse drug reactions and stay independent in their own homes:
For more information, visit LetsTalkAboutRx.ca.