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Univ. of Nevada Helps Avoid Medication Misuse, Stresses Important Issue For Seniors

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Medicines are important for living well, but when a patient uses a lot of medications both over-the-counter and prescriptions, there is a lot of risk involved. "Every medication that you add is increasing your risk," said Greta Engelbrecht with University of Nevada’s Sanford Center for Aging.

Engelbrecht has seen firsthand the tremendous need seniors have to organize and review their medications to mitigate risks such as hospitalization, early admission to nursing facilities, and scary side effects.

“A very major side effect is dizziness which causes seniors to fall."

What Engelbrecht and the Sanford Center for Aging is helping educate seniors on how to be safe when it comes to managing their prescriptions.

“We provide a comprehensive medication therapy management review which would identify those at risk factors that they may be experiencing,” said Engelbrecht.

It’s called medication therapy management and their certified geriatric pharmacists go over each drug and write a comprehensive list which can be taken to a physician to review and ensure all medications can interact with each other..

Registered Nurse, Susan Neeley also works directly with seniors in managing their medications and says it is important that family members have conversations with their older loved ones about which medications they are taking and to stay organized with pill planners.

“Get them arranged so that everyday there is the medications are in a certain slot. It eliminates some of the confusion,” said Neeley.

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