An article published by the National Institute on Aging (http://www.nia.nih.gov/health/publication/forgetfulness) provides a wealth of information on forgetfulness and knowing when to ask for help and better yet how to get it. One of the challenges faced by those with increasing forgetfulness is not taking medications at the appropriate times and dosages which can be life-threatening in some circumstances. Luckily, there are things you can do to prevent this from happening.
Managing Your Medicines
Learning ways to manage your medicines could help protect your health. A brochure by the Eldercare Locator and Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports, outlines some simple steps to help make sound health care decisions concerning prescription drugs:
• Maintain a medicine record
• Share any change in side effects with your doctor
• Keep your health care professionals informed of all the medicines you are taking
• Find out about different options to pay for your medicines.
To learn more, request the brochure “Prescription Drug Options for Older Adults: Managing Your Medicines” at Eldercare Locator at (800) 677-1116 or visit http://www.eldercare.gov/ELDERCARE.NET/Public/Resources/Brochures/Index.aspx
The Eldercare Locator is a free service of the U.S. Administration on Aging and is administered by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a).