Medication, Even Taken Correctly, Can be Dangerous. Safety Tips for Elders and Caregivers on Avoiding Adverse Drug Reactions

By Elizabeth Landsverk, MD

Adverse drug reactions are an all-too-common cause of hospitalization for elders. About half of Americans age 65 and older take five or more medications daily and many mix prescription and over-the-counter medications with vitamin, mineral, and herbal supplements. Medication-related issues are complicated by how medications are taken, when they are taken, how they interact with each other, and the general health of the patient. 

Study Confirms that Guided Therapy with Horses Helps People with Dementia

By Elizabeth Landsverk, MD

Someone in the United States develops dementia every 66 seconds1. Alzheimer's disease, which currently afflicts 5.4 million Americans1, is devastating for those who have the disease and also imposes a crushing emotional and financial burden on their families. With the aging of the population and projections that by 2050 as many as 16 million people will have the disease, Alzheimer's has become the healthcare challenge of our time. While researchers work to find ways to prevent or slow the progression of the disease, we are also improving our understanding of how to live with Alzheimer's. By actively managing the disease, we can improve the quality of life for both patients and caregivers. One of the most interesting and innovative programs is one that gives patients and their care partners the opportunity to experience non-riding activities with horses.