The average American aged 65-and-over takes four different prescription medications plus two over the counter (OTC) drugs or vitamins daily. That’s a lot of pills to manage, especially for a senior who’s forgetful or has cognitive impairment. As a result, poor medication management has become a serious problem within the elderly population.
When you envision a family member that’s misusing, or even abusing, prescription pills, you probably don’t picture your elderly mother or grandmother. If you are currently caring for an aging in place family member, and you suspect that they are misusing or even abusing their meds, what should you do?
You’re worried that mom’s not storing and taking her meds properly, and that it could jeopardize her health and wellbeing as she continues aging in place at home. Is careless medicine storage a dangerous problem for seniors? The answer may surprise you.