As caregivers to an older person, the chances are they are taking a number of prescription medications.
Have you ever wondered if they are on the proper medications? Do you worry about how side effects and interactions may contribute to other health problems?
These are practical concerns to have. Although medications often help maintain health and well-being, studies have repeatedly shown that many older adults suffer from medication problems.
In this episode, I am joined, once again, by Dr. Elena. She and I discuss common medications prescribed to older adults and how we should evaluate them for effectiveness versus side effects. Many medicines have side effects that can cause memory issues, balance issues, many of the symptoms we commonly shrug off as normal aging. A thorough evaluation at least twice a year is ideal, allowing you to avoid potential problems.
This episode is a little shorter than others, so be sure to listen to the end, where Dr. Elena tells us how she has had success slowing dementia progression. It’s a great story to end the episode.
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