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In today’s world, there are prescriptions or other medications available for just about every problem a senior adult may face today. “It can be very easy for older adults to lose track of the many prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs they are taking,” says Steve Carney, Wellness Coordinator/Administrator at Impressions Memory Care at Bryn Mawr, located in Bryn Mawr, PA. “If you are the caregiver for an older loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or other form of dementia, confusion over their medications can be a major issue with dangerous consequences. For those with memory loss, medication mistakes can seriously threaten their safety and health.”
To reduce the risks, it is important to follow a systematic approach that enables you to effectively manage all of your loved one’s medication needs.
As noted in the article, “Medication Safety and Alzheimer’s,” person with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia may be prescribed multiple medications, and may take medications for other conditions as well. Medications are powerful. Care needs to be taken, especially when more than one medication is being used.
Therefore, it is extremely important to work closely with your doctor and pharmacist as well as to follow experts’ recommendations for medication management for a loved one with memory loss.
Based on the recommendations of the Alzheimer’s Association and other authorities, the following tips can help to assure that medications for your loved one with dementia are managed safely:
Steve adds, “By being aware of the risks to your loved one’s safety and health and following these expert tips, you can reduce the chance of errors and make your own life easier as well.”
In addition to being the area’s leading provider of specialized memory care, life enriching activities, and purposeful living, Impressions Memory Care at Bryn Mawr is also trusted source of information for area families. We invite you to read our articles and tips on a variety of memory care topics including helpful advice for at-home memory care caregivers.
If you have comments or questions about our blog on medication management for Alzheimer’s, we’d love to hear from you. We also encourage you to share any of your caregiving experiences in our comments section.
Loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease or other memory impairments require specialized care and support. They also deserve a lifestyle rich in dignity and fulfillment. Impressions Memory Care at Bryn Mawr provides residents with Engaging Days and Meaningful Moments that emphasize individual abilities, encourage socialization and promote the highest level of independence possible. We offer a complete continuum of leading-edge programs, services and amenities that address the total physical, emotional and social needs of residents in a caring setting that offers individual suites with large private baths and the comforts of home. Our community touches hearts and changes lives.
Memory loss caused by Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or another form of memory impairment doesn’t only affect the person who has it – it affects the entire family.
If you have a loved one with early- to mid-stage memory loss, you know how challenging it can be to provide the care that’s needed while trying to maintain balance in your life. As care needs increase, you may not be able to meet them physically or emotionally. It’s often difficult to be available to care for your loved one’s health and well-being around the clock.
If and when the time comes to seek additional help, place your trust in Impressions Memory Care at Bryn Mawr. We lift the stresses and worries of being a caregiver from your shoulders, enabling you and your family to enjoy time with your loved one again.
Disclaimer: The articles and tip sheets on this website are offered by Impressions Memory Care at Bryn Mawr and Main Line Senior Care Alliance for general informational and educational purposes and do not constitute legal or medical advice. For legal or medical advice, please contact your attorney or physician.