NAPLES, Fla., May 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A common question asked by people taking care of elderly parents is: "Is it dangerous if mom forgets to take her medication, or splits pills to save money?"
Not taking medications properly can be extremely dangerous. More than 125,000 people die each year due to prescription medication non-adherence, twice the number killed in car accidents, according to the National Council for Patient Information and Education.
Here are some common reasons why seniors don't take their medications as prescribed, and what to do about it.
Not being able to read small print on labels or distinguish between pills can lead to dangerous misuse.
People with dementia or Alzheimer's disease may forget to take their medications, resulting in skipped doses or overdoses.
Elders who can't afford medications may split pills, cut back the dose, or go without for long stretches of time.
Seniors who have trouble swallowing try to chew, crush, break or mix the tablet in food or drink, causing long-acting medications to be released into the body too quickly.
Hearing problems can impede an elderly person's ability to hear instructions.
Studies show that people who live alone more often fail to comply with medication regimens.
AgingCare.com is a leading online community that connects people caring for elderly parents to other caregivers, personalized information, and local resources. AgingCare.com has become the trusted resource for exchanging ideas, sharing conversations and finding credible information for those seeking elder care solutions. For more information, visit www.agingcare.com.
Copyright©2010 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved