While anyone receiving medication is potentially at risk of a medication mistake, there are certain factors that make elderly patients more vulnerable. For instance:
- Hearing/sight loss. Elderly patients are more likely to mishear instructions and misread labels due to failing faculties—and unfortunately, their bodily systems are also more likely to be affected.
- Forgetfulness. Memory problems may cause geriatric patients to skip doses, take a medication more than prescribed, or lose track of which of their medications interact with one another.
- Mind over matter. The older generation will often be less worried about pain, assuming that their body just “needs to get used to a medication,” and will suffer discomfort for longer periods before getting help than younger patients.
- Living conditions. While your aging loved one may misread a label while living alone, he or she may be at greater risk in a nursing home. Many medication errors are a caused by a care facility’s overworked staff.
- Trust. Even if elderly patients are experiencing severe side effects, they may “tough it out” because they believe their doctor and pharmacist would never make a mistake.
Many older patients are perfectly capable of handling their own medications and dosages. However, even if they stay lucid into old age, a pharmacy error can be fatal for an elderly relative.
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