Today's medicines can treat disease and reduce symptoms of the many conditions and ailments that are experienced by adults as they age. In order to make the best use of your medicines, it is important to:

  • Take an active role in decisions about your treatment.
  • Understand what you are taking and how it can help you.
  • Follow your treatment plan as prescribed by your doctor.
  • Watch out for problems and get help in solving them.
  • The Center for Medicines & Healthy Aging is your resource for practical information to help you make the best use of your medicines.
Center for Medicines & Healthy Aging: Improving the health and well-being of older adults through appropriate, effective, and safe medication use

News You Can Use

Too Many Pills for Aging Patients. Overmedication of the elderly is an all too common problem, a public health crisis that compromises the well-being of growing numbers of older adults. April 16, 2012. Read more...

Some antipsychotics more dangerous for elderly dementia patients. Antipsychotic medication should be used on elderly dementia patients only as a last resort, authors of a recent study said, but they found that some antipsychotics are more dangerous than others after examining data from thousands of nursing-home residents aged 65 or older. March 8, 2012. Read more...

New list of risky meds for seniors released. According to the American Geriatrics Society (AGS), a wide range of medications pose a health risk to seniors. Among them are estrogen patches, aspirin, and ibuprofen. To alert seniors to risky medications, the AGS has compiled a list of 53 medications that are potentially inappropriate for seniors. March 3, 2012. Read more...

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