I will be addressing Senior Adults tomorrow at a seminar organised by the Cape Jewish Seniors association. I will be highlighting the importance of safe and cautious use of prescribed and over the counter medications.
Many people in their 60’s are prescribed medicines which they are still taking in their 80’s – ie they have aged ten or twenty years and may not need the dosage or the meds anymore. Also it is a tendency for people in this age group to visit different doctors for different ailments – they may see a heart specialist and a few years later see a gastro specialist and then a few years later visit a clinic, so after a while they could be on a few different medicines with no single physician taking care of the person as a whole.
- what needs to be done, is a regular check up at a doctor or a clinic as one ages, to check if the conditions that the medicines were first prescribed for, are in fact still requiring the same dosage.
- only one doctor/clinic needs to manage all your medicines to check for interactions.
- be honest about all your medicines, take them as prescribed, – more is not better!
- do not take pills from friends or relatives – this is common practice and can be dangerous.
I will also be recommending that there are many other ways to treat everyday ailments other than taking pills. ..more of this on my next blog…