Are Your Older Parents on Too Many Meds?

By the time Janet Johnson’s father reached his mid-80s, he was on so many medications their names are now impossible to recall. There were pills for managing his cholesterol, blood pressure, and asthma, says Johnson, an administrative assistant who lives near Minneapolis. Other drugs helped with his sleep problems and treated his type 2 diabetes. There were more, too, but who can remember? One thing was certain though: As the number of prescriptions increased, his health seemed to get worse. Continue reading on HealthCentral to learn more about how too many medications can cause more harm than good - particularly for older adults: Carol is the Candid Caregiver Support a caregiver or jump-start discussion in support groups with real stories - for bulk orders of Minding Our Elders e-mail Carol                  Related StoriesMom Fires Caregiver Who She Thinks Is Stealing Her WatchTraveling with Dementia Easier with Unique ServicesDaughter Upset Because Dad’s Careless about HIs Diabetes 
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By the time Janet Johnson’s father reached his mid-80s, he was on so many medications their names are now impossible to recall. There were pills for managing his cholesterol, blood pressure, and asthma, says, Johnson, an administrative assistant who lives near Minneapolis. Other drugs helped with his sleep problems and treated his type 2 diabetes. There were more, too, but who can remember? One thing was certain though: As the number of prescriptions increased, his health seemed to get worse. Read the full article on HealthCentral to learn more from this geriatrician about why too many medications might be bad for an...
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