Medications and the Elderly: A Guide for Promoting Proper Use. Simonson. Rockville, MD 1984.
This book addresses problems surrounding drug utilization by the elderly and identifies multiple factors that can contribute toward medication misuse, abuse or adverse reactions in this population.
Highly readable, the book presents pharmacological and psychological concepts in understandable terms, allowing nonmedical individuals working with the elderly an opportunity to gain a better understanding of the issues and problems related to medication consumption. However, despite its broad focus, "Medication and the Elderly" has relevance for nurses working with elderly clients, regardless of the setting.
The book is organized into ten chapters, with each chapter further divided into clearly identified suptopics, Chapters including information about medication consumption patterns, generic drugs, compliance, education, agerelated pharmacokinetic changes, adverse effects, drug interactions and sexual implications of drug therapy.
This book offers a great deal of information and practical suggestions that will assist in "promoting proper use" of medications and would be a valuable addition to the library of professionals and nonprofessionals concerned with improving the quality of life of older persons.