As we age, we tend to take more medications. Aging can also affect the way we process prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs. Because of the number of medications and body changes, older adults are at a higher risk of medication errors including side effects and adverse drug reactions. In addition, cognitive changes can make it difficult for someone to take their medication as prescribed.
What Are the Dangers of Medication Errors?
How Can I Prevent Medication Errors?
- Provide medication reminders
- Ensure medication directions are followed such as taking with food or a certain time of day
- Check expiration dates
- Provide transportation to pick up prescriptions and over-the-counter medications or to speak with the pharmacist