By Marlo Sollitto, AgingCare.com contributing editor
For elderly people, medications can be a lifeline to good health…or a disaster waiting to happen. When doses are skipped, or too much medication is taken, the results can be deadly.
Medication problems are widespread. According to the Department of Health and Human Services:
55 percent of the elderly are “non-compliant” with their prescription drugs orders, meaning they don’t take the medication according to the doctor’s orders
Approximately 200,000 older adults are hospitalized annually due to adverse drug reactions
There are many reasons why seniors don’t take their medications as prescribed. Here are some common causes of medication mistakes, and what to do about them.
For elders who have vision problems, not being able to read small print on labels or distinguish between pills can lead to potentially dangerous misuse.
Ask for Large Print. If your parent has vision problems, ask the pharmacist for medications labels in a larger print size.