The People's Perspective on Medicine

Drugs and Older People

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Digital ProductDownload this guide to drugs that are usually inappropriate for older people. Avoiding drug-induced forgetfulness and falls.

The Guide to Drugs and Older People is a must for anyone over 50. Find out which drugs are not recommended for people over 65, and which ones have been linked to a greater risk of falls and fractures.

How can the risk of cognitive impairment be minimized? There are medications that can contribute to confusion and forgetfulness, and may lead family members to assume incorrectly that an older person is losing her mental capacity.

Find out how to avoid the overmedication that is so common once people accumulate a certain number of birthdays. Which common drugs (such as statins) pose special risks for older adults and change the benefit/risk ratio for the elderly?

Learn what questions to ask to avoid medication mistakes and how to balance quality of life issues against a concern for maximizing longevity.

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