Age, Memory, Gender Play Role in Missed Doses Among Older Adults

Caretakers of aging seniors may be aware of the challenges associated with managing a loved one’s daily medication regimen. Age, failing memory, and gender are among the reasons why seniors may miss their doses, according to new research. Skipping doses or not taking medication properly can have dire health consequences, and serious side effects may occur from taking medications at the wrong time or in the wrong dose, notes a HealthDay News article A study found that the difficulties of taking the right medications at the right time increased with advancing age. For example, people aged 80 and older were 1.5 to 3 times more likely to require help taking medications than those aged 65 to 69. Researchers indicate that gender is also a factor for missing doses. Men were 1.5 to 2 times more likely to need help remembering to take their medications than women, according to the study. The article offers tips to help older adults manage their medication regimen. Advice includes examining medicine bottle labels for last date of renewal, discussing with a health care provider whether or not current medications are still needed, and utilizing tools such as labeled pillboxes to help stay on track with medication schedules.