Are you a caregiver for your elderly loved one? If so, there are some things you should know about senior citizens and medications. There are many challenges that many senior citizens face when taking medications.
The following challenges are all things you should be aware of in regard to caring for your elderly loved one.
Many senior citizens forget to take their medications. Even if your elderly loved one doesn’t have dementia or another neurodegenerative condition, this doesn’t mean that they won’t forget to take their medications. Memory loss is just one reason for forgetting to take medications. Another reason many senior citizens forget is that they have a lot of medications to take. Your elderly loved one might need you or one of the professional caregivers to remind them to take their medications.
Taking a Bigger Dose
Another one of the most common medication challenges for senior citizens is taking a bigger dose than they are supposed to. There are many elderly people who overdose on their medications. It is important to make sure your elderly loved one is taking the right dose of their medication every time. If there are signs that your elderly loved one shouldn’t be in charge of their own medication, be sure you or one of the caregivers helps them.
Experiencing Adverse Effects or Having Negative Interactions
There are also many senior citizens who have adverse effects from their medications. Some senior citizens also have negative interactions with their medications. It is important that someone is helping your elderly loved one to manage their medications. It is a good idea to remind your elderly loved one to speak up when they experience medication side effects. Keeping an updated list of their medications and showing that to their doctors can also help to prevent negative medication interactions.
Medication Too Costly
For many senior citizens, there are medications that are just too costly. Yes, there insurance might be able to pay for some of the medication. However, many senior citizens are left without some medications they need because they can’t cover the rest of that medication. However, there are some programs that could help your elderly loved one to pay for the medications that aren’t fully covered by their insurance.
These are some of the most common medication challenges that many senior citizens face. If you are caring for your elderly loved one, be sure to help them manage their medications. If you can’t help with this, you can hire caregivers to oversee with your loved one’s medication management.