The elderly on drugs. Do aging patients really need all those drugs?

The elderly on drugs. Do aging patients really need all those drugs?

If you have aging parents, uncles or aunts, it has become the norm to see them visit the pharmacy quite frequently, with many of them taking four or more mediciations. Hopefully, they use the same pharmacist, however, it is not uncommon for one doctor to not know all the stuff the other doctor recommended. Is all this really necessary. To be kind, we have been trained to assume that older people are supposed to be on all this stuff. The problem is greater than the idea of aging being a disease, or a bunch of diseases which has led us to where we are now; with the elderly trained that they need all the pills or else…

Check out this article which discusses the problem in detail.

Too Many Pills for Aging Patients

Personal Health|

By JANE E. BRODY

| April 16, 2012, 5:41 pm 162

My 92-year-old aunt was a walking pharmacy, and a month ago it nearly killed her. The episode also cost the American medical system several hundred thousand dollars.

Overmedication of the elderly is an all too common problem, a public health crisis that compromises the well-being of growing numbers of older adults. Many take fistfuls of prescription and over-the-counter medications on a regular basis, risking serious and sometimes fatal side effects and drug interactions.

A series of research-based guidelines, recently updated and published in The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, calls attention to specific

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