Managing Pain in Elders

Managing Pain in Elders

By Elizabeth Landsverk, MDOlder 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 under treated 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....
The Challenges of Managing Medications

The Challenges of Managing Medications

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. With each additional medication or supplement, the risk of an adverse reaction...
CDC; For Elders Liquid ducosate (Colace) is a Risk

CDC; For Elders Liquid ducosate (Colace) is a Risk

“The CDC local health departments and numerous healthcare facilities are investigating a multistate outbreak of Burkholderia cepacia infections. These infections have occurred primarily in ventilated patients without cystic fibrosis and who are being treated in...
The Wild, Wild West of Medication

The Wild, Wild West of Medication

Dementia and medications really are a wild, wild west for so many patients. The issue is that far too many patients are peppered with medications like birdshot, often prescribed by multiple different doctors. A hurried doctor who only sees his or her patients...