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How can caregivers prevent medication-related problems in elderly people?

Sarah N. Mourra, MD
Neurology
Caregivers can prevent medication-related problems in elderly people by identifying problems that the doctor may not pick up on. Caregivers spend the most time with elderly people, and they are able to play a key role in identifying an actual or potential medication-related problem. If a problem is identified, there is the potential to prevent unnecessary nursing home or hospital admission. There is also the potential to prevent falls and other adverse outcomes that may result from the medication-related side effect or problem. Studies have found that caregiver knowledge of medications is often greater than that of the care recipients themselves. It’s very important for caregivers to play an active role in this way.

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