Boston-area seniors who occasionally neglected their medications were 50 percent more likely to fall than those who took their medications as directed, according to a study by the Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife.
They surveyed 246 men and 408 women with an average age of 78, and 376 reported experiencing a combined total of 1,052 falls.
According to researchers, low adherence to medication schedules is easy to screen for. Study participants were asked simple questions, such as “Do you ever forget to take your medications?” and “Are you careless at times about taking your medications?” Nearly half did not fully adhere to their medication schedule, the report notes.
Having a caregiver in the home can make a significant difference for a senior who may be at risk for this. A caregiver can remind seniors to take their medications, which could drastically decrease the chance of seniors forgetting to take them.
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