Understanding Safety in Administrating Medication and Other Health Care Needs
Elderly people often spend a lot of money purchasing medication as compared to younger generations. This is in response to health issues older people suffer as they age such as diabetes, arthritis, heart illnesses and high blood pressures.
“People age 65 and over buy more than 30 percent of all prescription medicines and 40 percent of all nonprescription (over-the-counter) medicines sold in this country.”
Due to life expectancy and aging, elderly need more medication and supplements to: cure their diseases due to age complications and to boost vitamins / minerals absorption, respectively. We must be more cautious in giving medicine to the elderly because it can have greater implications on their body due to organs not working as well to process them. Otherwise, one may be putting the life of the elderly to risk.
Difference of Prescription and Non – Prescription Medication
Over the counter pills are easily accessible such as basic supplements and drugs that can address non-severe cases of illness like cough, clogged nose, and a simple fever.
On the other hand, prescription drugs like pills, inhalers, patches and creams are under certain restrictions and can only be used under permission of doctors.
Responsible Giving of Medication to Elderly
There are specific and proper ways on how to cater to assisting medication to elderly. To read the rest of this article and learn about what caregivers and nurses should be aware of, visit Healthinaging.org here.
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