Medications and Older Adults, the Bottom Line

In the last several videos, Dr. Ariel Green, an Associate Professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, discussed risks related to medication use among older adults. She has also described problems associated with specific classes of medications. Here are some bottom-line points: Polypharmacy – Too many medicines The greater the number of medications a person takes, the higher the likelihood of problems. This includes side effects, interactions between medicines, and mistakes in taking medicines correctly. Five or more medicines is a rule of thumb that doctors use. More medicines are likely to result in […]

Solving the over medication dilemma

In previous posts, Dr. Green had discussed some of the hazards¬†associated with medication use among older adults. She has also discussed classes of medications that are of concern.¬†In this final post, Dr. Green discusses approaches she has used to deprescribing. Warmest Aloha, [email protected] PS: I say it over and over again: There’s no one more important than the caregiver in the daily life of a frail person.

Medicines that can cause problems in seniors

In our last post Dr. Ariel Green described a patient who improved dramatically when many of her medicines were stopped. In this video, Dr. Green describes the classes of medications that can cause problems in seniors. Dr. Green is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine. Warmest Aloha, [email protected] PS: I say it over and over again: There’s no one more important than the caregiver in the daily life of a frail person.

Medicines, Medicines, Medicines, an Epidemic Problem

Whether it’s hypertension, diabetes, arthritis there’s always a prescription. For every problem there’s one or more drugs. But is this always good? Dr. Ariel Green, Associate Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine points out that medicines are sometimes the problem. Geriatricians know. Every pill is a potential problem. Warmest Aloha, [email protected] PS: I say it over and over again: There’s no one more important than the caregiver in the daily life of a frail person.