One of my clients was taken to the emergency room several weeks ago because she was non-responsive. I rushed across town to meet her and felt like I was watching the television show, “Grey’s Anatomy” (one of my favorites). My client was in a triage room surrounded by six or seven people in scrubs. After hours of tests, we thought she had a stroke, it was discovered that a medication she was given three days ago had a major negative reaction with her system and practically resulted in a coma. Medication issues are a major cause of admission to the emergency room for older adults. Not taking medications as prescribed, or taking too many medications. Combining medications and over the counter treatments. Know what you’re taking and ask your physician about combining medications. Make sure all of your allergies are listed at the pharmacy so the pharmacy can trouble shoot if a physician prescribes something that may cause a negative reaction.

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PAMELA D. WILSON, MS, BS/BA, NCG, CSA helps caregivers and aging adults solve caregiving problems and manage caregiving needs through online programs, live support groups, and an extensive caregiving library that includes articles, podcasts, videos, and webinars.

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