Journal of Gerontological Nursing

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Drugs and the Older Adult

Abstract

Seniors are more at risk taking prescription drugs than any other age group. In fact, they are twice as likely as 30- to 40-year-olds to suffer a drugrelated accident.

Seniors take 25% of all drugs used in the United States. The average older person consumes from four to seven different medications a day.

Nursing home patients are even more vulnerable since they generally suffer from four or more disabilities and take an average of 15 different drugs a day.

Recognizing the special problems seniors have with medication, the House Select Committee on Aging recently held hearings on the subject.…

Seniors are more at risk taking prescription drugs than any other age group. In fact, they are twice as likely as 30- to 40-year-olds to suffer a drugrelated accident.

Seniors take 25% of all drugs used in the United States. The average older person consumes from four to seven different medications a day.

Nursing home patients are even more vulnerable since they generally suffer from four or more disabilities and take an average of 15 different drugs a day.

Recognizing the special problems seniors have with medication, the House Select Committee on Aging recently held hearings on the subject.

10.3928/0098-9134-19801101-17

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