Chronic Pain? Tylenol is a Good First Step

Chronic Pain? Tylenol is a Good First Step

As a geriatrician who primarily takes care of elders with dementia, chronic pain is a problem that I must address daily. It’s not news that chronic pain affects us as we age. A recent study found that 53 percent of the elder reported bothersome pain each month....
What Ails You? It Might be the Meds

What Ails You? It Might be the Meds

Anyone who’s become suddenly drowsy from too much cold medicine knows that medications sometimes have unwanted effects. About 6 percent of hospital admissions can be traced to what we doctors call “adverse drug events” (ADE). That is, prescribed...
Managing Pain in Elders

Managing Pain in Elders

By Elizabeth Landsverk, MD Older adults are more likely to experience pain than the general population but they may be less likely to be treated for it. The most common reason that pain in elders is undertreated is that it is under-reported. Many elders consider pain...
The Meds Matter: Adverse Drug Reactions

The Meds Matter: Adverse Drug Reactions

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....