#14.1 How to Help Your Senior Manage Medication (1 of 3)

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\f0\fs20 \cf0 Hi! I am Mary Alexander from Home Instead Senior Care and today I am talking
about how to help your parents manage their medications, care.\
com reports that a recent study found that more than 80% of adults age 57 and older,
take at least one prescription drug a day and that about half of them regularly mix
drugs with over-the-counter medications and supplements.\
They go on to note that one in 25 older adults may experience a major drug interaction. Modern
medicine has and continues to give us new drugs to ease our pain, cure our ills and
extend our lives. Advances seem to happen everyday and as a result, we see new ads on
TV, in newspapers and online, to having the benefits of some new drug.\
This is all terrific, but as our parents' age, and the number of their potential health
issues increase, it may mean their doctors prescribe them more and more medicines, plus
with the holistic health movement, many seniors are using non-medical supplements to improve
their overall health.\ Because of the volume of medicines and supplements
they maybe taking, may seniors find that they have problems keeping their medication regiment
straight. They may take too much, too little, take it at the wrong time of day or not at
all. What all this means for us, the family caregiver, is that we have to extra diligent
about helping our senior loved ones, manage their medications.\
In this video series, we'll discuss senior medication challenges and then give you tips
on how to help your senior loved one organized and manage their medication.\
Home Instead Senior Care, the national leader in providing in-home care services for seniors
is bringing you this video series to help you help your senior loved ones.\
Helping seniors is something Home Instead has been doing passionately now for more than
15 years. I not only work for Home Instead, but I am Certified Senior Adviser. More importantly,
I am currently a long distance caregiver for my dad and I spend several months caring for
my mom locally.\ Now, let's talk about the challenges many
seniors face in managing their medications.}