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Friday, May 30, 2008

Tanked up old people

Even though I no longer have any senior citizens in my life (sadly), I thought this article from CNN on the problems with prescription drugs and the elderly might be beneficial to someone: Is Grandma drugged up?

One family's experience:

Phillips and Burns took their 66-year-old mother to the emergency room when Phillips returned from Kansas City. At first, doctors thought she'd had a stroke, but tests showed that she hadn't. Burns was admitted to the hospital, and a neurologist diagnosed Alzheimer's disease or possibly Pick's disease, another form of dementia.

It wasn't any of that. It was over-medication.

There's a lot of sound advice in the article, some of which seems like common sense. However, it's been my experience that common sense doesn't always kick in until after the fact. The article also contains links to other web sites for checking on problem drugs and drug interactions.

Posted by Marie at May 30, 2008 10:48 AM