With more than a third of all 60-year-olds taking five or more prescription medications, it’s no surprise that problems are resulting from polypharmacy for seniors. Polypharmacy, defined as “…when an adverse drug effect is misinterpreted as a new medical problem – leading to the prescribing of more medication to treat the initial drug-induced symptom,” can result in a variety of additional health risks or worsening of existing conditions.
So how can you determine if medications for seniors are truly helping, or possibly doing more harm than good?
Before overmedication becomes a concern, it’s recommended that seniors and their caregivers take a careful inventory of prescriptions being taken, and have a plan in place for de-prescribing when needed. The following steps can help:
Amy’s Helping Hands, the experts in senior care in Windsor-Essex and surrounding areas, is here to help in a variety of ways. We can:
Contact us online or at 519.915.4370 any time for an in-home consultation to learn more about how our caregivers can help make sure the seniors you love are safe, healthy, and thriving with a full range of personalized in-home care services.