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Pharmaceutical Combinations Are A Great Risk To The Elderly

A recent UK survey has discovered that a large percentage of senior citizens are unintentionally taking combinations of prescription drugs that are lethal. Pharmacists at Robert Gordon University recently surveyed close to 700 elderly people between the ages 78 to 86 and found that just under 20 percent were being educated on taking their drugs. The survey found that half of the senior citizens were consuming at least 5 different prescriptions per day, with 1 in 5 consuming at least 12 prescriptions every day. The survey also found that 14 percent of seniors were taking medications that were considered to be highly toxic, such as anti-inflammatory and blood pressure drugs that have dangerous side effects. Seniors can easily expose themselves to dangerous combinations of medicine without even realizing it. Because of this dilemma many families are resorting to the option of placing their senior family members in assisted living facilities to make sure their senior loved ones are taking the right combination of medications.

The survey’s findings suggested that the frequent changes made to elderly people’s prescription doses and instructions only increase the chance of fatal drug combinations. Assisted living facilities have medical specialists to keep in mind all of the patient’s conditions and ailments and make sure the right combination of medication is given. “This research proves that elderly people are at risk of being harmed by potentially lethal mixtures of medicines,” Kim Munro, a pharmacist at Robert Gordon University said. “Most people probably aren’t aware that they are in any danger. Further evaluation of such interventions is absolutely necessary in this area, especially for those people with minimal social support.”

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Mike Adams, a consumer health advocate and holistic nutritionist, said, “The elderly are dangerously overmedicated. Not only are these medications failing to address underlying health concerns, they’re actually destroying the health and function of vital organs like the liver, kidneys, heart, and brain. What elderly people need is real nutrition, not toxic combinations of synthetic chemicals that just happen to generate profits for the world’s most profitable and influential corporations.”

Jonathan Ellis, poly manager at Help the Aged, says many senior citizens are brought to the emergency room for adverse drug reactions, and at the hospital, the situation is often worsened because they continue to adjust the patients drug prescriptions. According to statistics, FDA-approved drugs kill close to 100,000 Americans each year. Assisted Living Facilities will make sure your senior family members don’t become a part of this horrifying statistic. Many senior citizens find that Assisted Living Facilities provide them the happiness and comfortable lifestyle that they need. By moving to an assisted living facility seniors get the medical care and recreational requirements they are looking for. Assisted living facilities are known for customizing their specific service plans for their patients. They do in such a way so as not to change the senior’s habits and lifestyle, while at the same time catering to their exact requirements.

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About The Author: Gloria Ha’o Schneider is an expert in senior citizen and baby boomer issues. Her topics revolve around Senior Living and Healthcare to provide the latest information to this demographic as well as their families and loved ones.

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