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Avoiding Trouble with Medications If the doctor prescribes any medication for your loved one, it’s up to both of you to make sure it’s safe. Before your loved one begins taking any new medicines, ask the doctor if there are any other treatment options available, such as changes in diet…

Caregiver Medication Management

  An up-to-date medication list is an important tool for the family caregiver and your care recipient’s doctor(s). People with chronic diseases or disabilities take more medications than any other group of patients. With the number of medications some patients take, the issue of medication management and can easily become…

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9 Types of Medication Older Adults Should Use With Caution If you’re over 65, think twice before taking these drugs As you grow older, you’re more likely to develop long-term health conditions that require taking multiple medications. You’re also more sensitive to many common medications, including over-the-counter (OTC) drugs. As a…

Are Calcium Supplements Safe? – Home Care Services in Shelby Township, MI

New research raises questions about the pills that millions of older women take for bone health New research is prompting questions about the safety of the calcium supplements that so many women age 50 and older take to strengthen their bones. One recent study suggests these pills raise a person’s…

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Are You Taking Too Many Pain Meds? An unclear diagnosis can result in being overtreated Q: I’ve been diagnosed with stenosis or moderate to severe osteoarthritis. I have severe back pain at times, along with neck and shoulder discomfort and pain in my left knee and right ankle. My rheumatologist…

When Painkillers Kill – Home Care Services in Sterling Heights, MI

Pain medications can ease suffering — but they can also be deadly. Here’s how to be safe. In May 2008, Mable Mosley, then 68, arrived in the emergency room of west Florida’s Brandon Region ­ al Hospital, complaining of neck and shoulder pain. Her husband, Alvie, a retired construction worker, stayed…

Debate Over Statins and High Cholesterol – Home Care Services in Macomb County, MI

Debate Over Statins Heats Up as Lipitor Heads Toward a Generic Form Is a statin the answer to everyone’s high cholesterol? You think of yourself as reasonably healthy, but your doctor has told you that your cholesterol is too high. Should you be taking a cholesterol-lowing drug called a statin…

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Are My Mother’s Meds Making Her Fall? And if so, which drug — or combination — is at fault? Q. My 81-year-old mother has been falling at home, and recently fractured her arm from a fall, which has me worried. Her doctors have been doing lots of tests, and now…

Dangers of Common Painkillers – Home Care Services in Sterling Heights, MI

There’s mounting evidence that regular use is risky for older people Most of us don’t think twice about taking a nonprescription pain reliever to ease a headache or soreness that might follow a game of tennis, but there is growing evidence that commonly used painkillers such as Advil can trigger heart…

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Can an Aspirin a Day Do More Harm Than Good? Experts are re-evaluating who should take a daily dose Some 43 million Americans do it every day: take a tiny aspirin to help prevent heart attacks and strokes. In fact, doctors have been routinely recommending the practice to older adults…