Helping The Elderly Avoid Prescription Drug Problems

According to the National Alliance for Caregiving, there are over 33 million people in the U.S. who care for an aging relative or friend. Caregivers need to be aware that drug errors can happen and may be serious, but often are preventable. The problem stems largely from the multiple drugs seniors are prescribed and the complex network of physicians and pharmacists caring for them. According to Medco Health Solutions, Inc., the average senior takes nine prescription medications a year. One in four seniors sees four or more different physicians and uses three or more different pharmacies. To help prevent errors: • Make and take a medication list including prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications, any vitamins or herbal supplements and present …