Raising Awareness of Opioid Use in Older Adults and the Elderly

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Spineuniverse: Raising Awareness of Opioid Use in Older Adults and the Elderly

Managing Opioid Medications

Older adults taking an opioid introduce another layer of risks associated with managing medications.

Some adult or elderly patients live alone, in a family setting, receive home-health  assistance, or reside in an

assisted-living facility or other situation. In some instances, the management of the medication, including pain-relieving drug is handled by nursing or healthcare staff.

Many older adults and elderly patients are quite capable of managing their medication, doctor’s visits, and everyday life. Then there are others who need assistance. They may not realize they need help and/or may not ask. This is where a family member, friend or caregiver can help by being observant and step in to help. (Meyeroff 1/17/18)

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