The Challenges of Medication Management for Seniors

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Modern medicine facilitates longevity and enables quality of life through the proper management of medical conditions. However, it can also pose multiple problems for seniors. Far too many seniors suffer from adverse side effects, overdoses, and skipped doses because of poor medication management. If you are concerned about your loved one’s health, it may be time to consider enrolling him or her in an Alzheimer’s care program within a home-like environment.

Skipped Doses
When a senior fails to take his or her medication, a medical condition could become more severe. In some cases, depending on the condition, this could be life-threatening. There are many reasons why a senior might skip doses. Seniors who need Alzheimer’s care have problems with memory loss. Others with visual impairments may not be able to read the medication instructions properly. If a senior has arthritis, he or she may not possess the manual dexterity necessary to open a pill bottle.

Overdoses
Taking too much of a medication is another significant problem for seniors with dementia. It is not uncommon for a senior to forget that he or she already took a particular drug and to take one or more additional doses. Medication toxicity can lead to severe side effects, which may be life-threatening.

Adverse Effects
Another issue that may prompt changes in medication management is adverse side effects. Seniors are more susceptible to suffering side effects from medications. This can lead to serious harm. For example, dizziness can lead to a fall. If this is a potential problem for your loved one, you can protect his or her safety and well-being by moving your loved one to an Alzheimer’s care community.

Avalon Memory Care has long been a trusted community resource for families of loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. When it is time to develop a dementia nursing care plan in Fort Worth or Dallas for your loved one, you can rely on our professionals to listen carefully to your family’s concerns and to thoroughly assess your loved one’s needs. Families are invited to call (214) 752-7050 with any questions they may have about our Alzheimer’s care services, including medication management.

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