Our bodies change as we get older and it’s very common to take medications as we age. Some days we’re feeling good and on other days we are sore for no reason. Accommodating these strains and pains often correlate with medications. It is important to understand how medications impact our bodies.
As we get older, our bodies begin reacting to and absorbing medications differently. It is important to stay in tune with how you are feeling and what your doctor thinks is best.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, “Most older Americans (48%) take at least one medication and many older adults take three or more medications each day. Older adults comprise 13% of the U.S. population, but account for 34% of all prescription medicine use and 30% of all over-the-counter (OTC) medicine use.”
Talking to your doctor is the first step in making sure your medications are working effectively for you. Make sure your doctor is aware of any and all medications you’re taking, including over-the-counter medications. It might help to make a list of questions, comments or concerns prior to your next doctor visit. If you feel like you need extra assistance, consider bringing a family member or friend along to help you communicate with your doctor.
It’s good to know what medications you’re taking and what your medication history looks like. Let your doctors know how you’re feeling and if you need to change something or have any questions in general. It is important to write clear and simple directions for when and how to take your medications. Your doctor can help if you’re having trouble organizing medications, difficulty swallowing tablets, and understanding when or how often to take various supplements.
It can be difficult to manage your medications at any age. Try to learn about your medications by talking to your doctor. It is always beneficial to understand how to safely handle medicines. Remember to pay attention to your body and be aware of how you feel. It is also helpful to bring someone to your appointments for comfort and support. Your body is changing everyday. At Village Park Senior Living, our care team is dedicated to helping you sustain your healthiest self. Our communities offer customizable care options to help with any of your physical or mental needs. Learn more by giving us a call at (470)509-4557.
Article written by Haley Sweetland.