Elderly seniors are taking more and more medications each year. Over one-third of all prescription medication issued is issued to our aging population. The average senior citizen or their family members fill between nine and 13 prescriptions yearly. This means an elderly person takes, on average, four to five prescribed pills a day. Those living in nursing homes or family caregivers take as many as seven prescribed pills a day.
Anyone taking multiple medications one or more times a day stands at risk of making a mistake. This couldn’t be more true for the elderly. A huge problem for older people is remembering to take medications on time or forgetting to take them together. Even worse, older people overdosing or experiencing an adverse reaction (ADR) to taking multiple drugs also poses problems. A Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report stated that over 44 percent of older people are hospitalized because of ADRs to taking multiple medications.
Helpful Ways to Avoid Adverse Reaction to Multiple Medications
Prescribing multiple medications for senior care makes medication adherence more and more complex with age. In addition, complications and side effects from the prescribed medication can cause confusion, weakness, or cognitive issues that help contribute to forgetting to take medication or taking too much medication, resulting in a whole set of new problems. As a result, some older people may stop taking their medications. To help elderly seniors avoid adverse effects, the CDC offers these helpful guidelines:
- Please make a list of all prescribed medications, what they treat and the amount taken
- Share this list with all of your doctors, caregivers, or home health aids
- Be sure to follow each medications’ directions
- Ask the prescribing doctor or pharmacist questions
Another great way to eliminate the possibility of overdosing or underdosing includes using medication reminders. There are several types of medication reminder systems. These include pill dispensers, pill organizers, daily, weekly and monthly reminders. All of these give you and your caregiver peace of mind. Below are the six best medication reminders for elderly seniors:
1 MedTimer™ Medication Dispenser with Bluetooth
This unique medication organizer offers a safe and convenient way to take medication. Features include:
- a tamper-proof metal locking system to reduce overdosing
- Voice commands, beeps, and four blinking lights to alert users when it’s time to take medication
- Holds up to one week’s supply of pills taken up to four times a day
- Bluetooth (4.2) connectivity that supports Android or iPhone
- 28-day compartment to hold up to 35 aspirin size pills
MedTimer Medication Dispenser is easy to set up and easy to use. An optional spare tray (sold separately) allows you or your caregiver to preload the dispenser for a quick and easy exchange.
2 MedCenter 31 Day Pill Organizer with Reminder System
Organize your medication quickly and easily with the MedCenter 31 Day Pill Organizer with Reminder System. It features 31 individual and removable pillboxes to cover each month. Another great feature is the MedCenter Talking Clock. Program the clock to sound the alarm at the exact time to take your medication up to four times a day. Never miss a dose again! Going out for the day, remove that day’s pillbox and go. The easy-open lids allow easy access, and the Red & Green color-coding shows when the daily dose is done. Users and caregivers can’t go wrong with MedCenter. It’s ideal for vitamins too!
3 TabTime Medication Alarm Timer
4 Sagely Smart XL Weekly Pill Organizer with Reminder App
5 Monthly AM/PM Pill Organizer
The Monthly AM/PM Pill Organizer is small and lightweight. It’s ideal for helping the elderly or anyone who often forgets to take their medications. Designed with a unique color system to help you keep up with your daily medication doses. Each compartment is marked for AM or PM for 31 days with one extra compartment. It features a removable snap-on lid that keeps pills from spilling. It’s great for traveling, Bpa Free, and easily fits in your pocket or purse.
6 Sukuos Morning, Noon, Evening & Bedtime Weekly Medication Organizer
Can’t remember to take your pills? No worries! This Sukuos 7-Day Medication Organizer can help. Sukuos pill organizer offers users a medicine organizer for medication times of up to four times a day. Fill it once a week with its easy-to-use one-hand operation. Ideal for elderly users and users with arthritis. The sturdy material is moistureproof, Bpa Free and transparent. The rainbow color makes it very easy to distinguish between medication types.
These six medication reminders and organizers are designed to keep you safe and healthy. Choose the organizers that best fit your specific need, and never miss your medication again. They are ideal for users of all ages and their caregivers. If you have any questions about any of these products, contact TheElderExpo.com at 1.877.728.9507. Our customer service team is available Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm EST.