Geriatrics Toolbox is our blog offering tools, resources, and insights into the care of older adults.
Improving health literacy means improving all the ways we communicate with patients, including prescription drug labeling. The Institute of Medicine's new document, "Health Literacy: Past, Present, and Future," references USP's groundbreaking recommendations calling for patient-centered prescription drug labeling.
There are some questions over which medications to stop in older adults with dementia. Inappropriate medications in someone with dementia include medicines which: are unlikely to provide benefit, may cause harm, add unnecessary complexity to daily care routines, and/or waste valuable time and money.
Polypharmacy can be defined several different ways. The simplest definition is “concurrent use of many different drugs, including prescription medications, over-the-counter medicine, complementary and alternative medications, and dietary supplements.”