• Medication Management for Older Adults

    Posted on September 27, 2009 by in Featured

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    Medication Management in Older Adults:

    In last week’s post, we discussed how falls occur more often among women who have one or more medical condition, are typically taking more than one medication, and live alone.  Medication management is very important in fall prevention.  It’s very important for older people to have their medications, both prescribed and over the counter, reviewed regularly by their healthcare professionals.   Taking multiple medications can cause dizziness and fainting.  Studies have shown that there is a link between medications used to treat depression in the elderly and the incidence of falls with subsequent fractures. Research has also indicated that use of:

    • Cardiac drugs
    • Digoxin
    • Diuretics
    • Psychotropic medications

    Have all been shown to increase fall risks.

    So, make sure you or your loved one review their medications with their healthcare professional, especially if it’s one of the ones listed above.

    Sources: The American Family Physician Web and Center for Health and Long Term Care Research

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    Kerrie
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    Hi Kerrie,
    Thank you so much! Glad to meet a fellow OT online. Hope you’re having a good OT week there in Australia.

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