Life expectancy has increased considerably throughout the globe with advancements in medical science. Ageing is a natural process; however these days it is considered as a disease by most of the people and they try to consume medicines for any problem which is a part of natural wear and tear. People tend to take more medicines than actually is required for them. Elderly persons are prone to more chronic conditions that require medication on regular basis; however they consume lot of medicines on daily basis, even if they don’t have any major illness. As body ages, it tolerates medicines differently and metabolizes more slowly which makes a drug interaction a huge concern. Overmedication in seniors can lead to increased sensitive to brain and nervous system, poor balance, poor kidney and liver function.
In this past faced life, everyone is busy with their own work; hence very little interaction occurs between family members, especially seniors. At this age, seniors need attention and someone to talk with them. Due to lack in personal attention, seniors habitually complain of various illnesses. Without understanding the actual problem, children take them to doctor who prescribes medicines which works for a while and after that they again start complaining. In some cases, seniors just take any medicines available at home without knowing the side effects on their health. Instead of making them unhappy by giving so many medicines, you should following few techniques:
- Before taking appointment with doctor, make a list of medicines including over the counter medicines consumed by your seniors
- Eat meals together, never make them eat alone
- Give them light food, which can help in proper digestion
- Include herbs and spices in their food to enhance the flavor
- Include lot of fluids and soft cooked vegetables in their diet
Most important, try to spend quality time with the seniors that will provide them emotional connection and they will definitely reduce their medicine intake.
Ravi Shet is the writer of this article and Co-founder of Treatum, an online healthcare portal connecting patients with right doctors.
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