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Don’t Forget to Take Your Medication!

Don’t Forget to Take Your Medication!

Did you know that it is estimated that roughly 50% of all medications are not taken as prescribed? That number is shockingly high. Most people that don’t take their medication as prescribed simply forget to take it. It can get very confusing trying to remember what medication should be taken when, especially when you have numerous medications that need to be taken at different times. Having to take various medications at different times can be confusing enough, but pair that with the cognitive decline elderly patients experience, and the situation can become unmanageable. So, what can you do to make sure you are taking all of your medications properly and on time? Set Reminders One of the most effective ways to remember your medications is to set reminders for yourself. The easiest way to do this is through a smart phone or mobile device. You can set a recurring alarm that goes off at the same time every day to make sure you don’t forget. Most devices will have the capability to set multiple daily recurring alarms. There are also free medication apps you can download that can help keep you on schedule. Draw up a Schedule Reminders can certainly be very helpful, but it is also a good idea to physically draw up a weekly schedule and put it up on the wall or the fridge to be accessed whenever needed. This schedule can include times medications should be taken, dosage, and administration instructions such as ‘take with food’. Inject it into your Routine Everyone has a daily routine they follow. Some may have a strict daily routine...

Getting a Healthy Amount of Sleep

Sleep is an essential part of life for people of all ages. It may be even more important for seniors, especially those battling various ailments. The proper amount of sleep is necessary to provide the needed energy to enjoy and make the most of each day. Unfortunately, insomnia is prevalent among the elderly. Not getting enough sleep can result in both mental and physical problems. It is crucial to deal with sleep issues as soon as they are detected. Do Seniors Need Less Sleep? The running belief that people need less sleep as they get older is simply not true. Studies show that an average adult requires a steady amount sleep from the beginning of adulthood all the way through. The exact amount of sleep needed varies from individual to individual, but is generally between 7 and 9 hours a night. The actual timetable for sleep hours may differ from that of a younger adult, as seniors tend to grow tired early in the evening and wake up very early in the morning. Causes of Sleep Issues Many factors can contribute to troubled sleep. There are four basic stages of sleep. Three of these stages involve non-REM sleep. The last and most therapeutic stage is REM sleep. The amount of REM sleep we get, tends to decline as we get older. Seniors also typically have more trouble falling asleep, and remaining asleep. Some factors causing insomnia or other sleep issues are: Arthritis Anxiety Concerns of aging Medication Restless leg syndrome Frequent urination Sleep apnea Sleep apnea is one of the more severe causes of troubled sleep. Sleep apnea is...
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