Takeaways

Dearie

Keeping track and having routines for taking your medications is so important.  It is especially important to ask for help if you find it confusing or complicated  — it is the wise thing to do and is not a sign of losing your independence or losing control.

Barbara

Frequently patients have multiple doctors each addressing different conditions and diagnoses.  As you age it may be wise to begin seeing a geriatrician who is familiar with normal aging changes and how to manage and think differently about multiple medical problems.  As you work with one physician and a pharmacist it is important to decide if medications continue to have a positive effect and might they be causing harmful side effects or interfering with each other.  An open and honest conversation about your age and the benefits of certain medications may lead you to the idea of stopping some medications.

Pharmacists can be extremely helpful with drug information, interactions and helping with routines, especially since certain drugs need to be timed appropriately through the day.  There are a variety of pill boxes that help organize medications that make it easier to develop routines.