Many older adults take several medications for various medical conditions daily and can experience unexpected side effects. The Gerontological Society of America reported that “between 1988 and 2010 the median number of prescription medications used among adults aged 65 and older doubled from 2 to 4, and the proportion taking more than or equal to five medications tripled…” Medication, while instrumental in treating some conditions, will need to be closely monitored by family, caregivers, doctors, and nurses to help minimize the risk of an elderly family member or patient falling. It should also be noted that alcohol (and/or other drugs) can further endanger an older adult.
Medication management can reduce interactions and side effects that may lead to falls.
For Health Care Providers:
- CDC STEADI-Rx – Help pharmacists to engage patients and providers to improve fall-related health issues; offers tools for pharmacists on how to screen, assess, and coordinate care to reduce older adult fall risk.
- CDC STEADI Medications Linked to Falls – A fact sheet on medications linked to falls; medication management can reduce interactions and side effects that may lead to falls.
For Family and Community Members, Patients, Caregivers: