New Marriage For Daughter Means Changes For Live-In Mom
Stroke Damage Prevents Husband from Doing Household Fixes

Is Your Older Adult Taking Too Many Medications?

LeslieKernisanMD_MPH_2_CreditLeslieKernisan Why is it especially important for aging adults to limit the number and types of drugs they take whenever it’s possible?

Dr. Kernisan: The main reason is because as people get older, their bodies become more vulnerable to the side effects. For instance, many medications cause drowsiness or poor balance. Even though the drowsiness may actually feel desirable to an older person who may be hoping to get help with sleep problems, nobody takes a drug hoping that their balance will be impaired. 

Read the full interview with Dr. Kernisan on HealthCentral to learn more about the drugs that your older adult could be taking with negative effects:

Support a caregiver or jump-start discussion in support groups with real stories - for bulk orders of Minding Our Elders e-mail Carol  



Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been saved. Comments are moderated and will not appear until approved by the author. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.


Post a comment

Comments are moderated, and will not appear until the author has approved them.

Your Information

(Name and email address are required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)