A Caregiver’s Tips for Managing Medications

AARP and the United Hospital Fund recently released a new study, Home Alone: Family Caregivers Providing Complex Chronic Care, focusing on the types of tasks we family caregivers are performing, and the results are clear: caregiving isn’t what it used to be. Almost half of us (46%) are now performing medical/nursing tasks such as wound care, medication management, operating medical equipment and more. These tasks were once relegated to hospital and nursing facility care, and go far beyond personal care …

You Did WHAT With Your Meds? Tips for Traveling With Medication

If you packed your  suitcase with the medicine you need, put the suitcase in the trunk of your car, and then drove several hours in beastly hot weather – don’t be surprised if none of your drugs work while you’re on vacation. Medications don’t do any better in sweltering summer weather than you do. Extreme temperatures — whether in the trunk of your car, in a plane’s cargo hold, even in your mailbox — can cause medicine to become ineffective. …

Helpful New Tool to Manage Prescription Drugs!

Ever wish you could easily find all the information you could need about your prescription drugs in your own home? Ever wonder how you should go about talking to your health care professional about the medications you are taking? How about wonder if you are getting the best medicine for your needs at the best price? Well, AARP and Consumer Reports Health have launched a new online tool so that you can wish and wonder less about your prescription drugs. …

Fall Prevention Should Be a Priority

After all, your live may depend on it. Did you know that every 18 seconds, an older person lands in an emergency room due to a fall? Not to mention a whopping 23,000 deaths every year are because of a fall. AARP Bulletin is featuring an article on new ways to tackle fall prevention, including new technologies and old tricks that may have been forgotten, like something as simple as testing for inner ear disorder or adjusting your medication. There …

Counting Sheep Isn’t Helping?

There is an interesting posting on the Los Angeles Times’ “Booster Shots” blog that talks about older patients and sleep problems – and how those sleep problems aren’t just something people have to deal with as they age. The article does say that aging does bring about changes in sleep patterns, but those changes often are related to chronic diseases – like diabetes and high blood pressure – that also happen to be more common as we age. Once those …