#14.1 How to Help Your Senior Manage Medication (1 of 3)


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pardpardeftab720sl300qlqnatural f0fs20 cf0 Hi! I am Mary Alexander from
Home Instead Senior Care and today I am talking about how to help your parents manage their
medications, care. com reports that a recent study found that
more than 80% of adults age 57 and older, take at least one prescription drug a day
and that about half of them regularly mix drugs with over-the-counter medications and
supplements. They go on to note that one in 25 older adults
may experience a major drug interaction. Modern medicine has and continues to give us new
drugs to ease our pain, cure our ills and extend our lives. Advances seem to happen
everyday and as a result, we see new ads on TV, in newspapers and online, to having the
benefits of some new drug. This is all terrific, but as our parents’
age, and the number of their potential health issues increase, it may mean their doctors
prescribe them more and more medicines, plus with the holistic health movement, many seniors
are using non-medical supplements to improve their overall health.
Because of the volume of medicines and supplements they maybe taking, may seniors find that they
have problems keeping their medication regiment straight. They may take too much, too little,
take it at the wrong time of day or not at all. What all this means for us, the family
caregiver, is that we have to extra diligent about helping our senior loved ones, manage
their medications. In this video series, we’ll discuss senior
medication challenges and then give you tips on how to help your senior loved one organized
and manage their medication. Home Instead Senior Care, the national leader
in providing in-home care services for seniors is bringing you this video series to help
you help your senior loved ones. Helping seniors is something Home Instead
has been doing passionately now for more than 15 years. I not only work for Home Instead,
but I am Certified Senior Adviser. More importantly, I am currently a long distance caregiver for
my dad and I spend several months caring for my mom locally.
Now, let’s talk about the challenges many seniors face in managing their medications.}