Old age brings with it an increased likelihood of long-term conditions, as well as the prospect of taking multiple medicines. Frailty, dementia and mobility problems all contribute to the challenges faced by healthcare services when caring for ageing populations. Much can be done to improve the lives of older people – through innovative care pathways, evidence-based medicine and research into ageing and the delivery of care. Here, you can find news stories and articles on topics ranging ...
More than two million people are affected by sight loss across the UK, which may impact on their ability to use and take their medicines correctly and safely. Here, the Royal National Institute of Blind People, Medicines Use and Safety team and Moorfields Eye Hospital provide advice and recommendations for pharmacy to provide appropriate support for people with sight loss.
The use of multiple medicines is still a major problem in British care homes, from the impact on residents to the strain on NHS resources, but ‘deprescribing’ can mitigate these risks.
Evidence is emerging that some dementia cases could be prevented by leading a healthy lifestyle but long-term studies are needed to confirm the strength of the association.
Devising ways to improve medicines adherenceSubscription
There are many reasons why patients do not take their medicines as prescribed. Discovering the specific cause of non-adherence is the best way to improve it.
Around 10% of older people, and almost a third of care home residents, develop a urinary tract infection each year.
Preventing falls in older peopleSubscription
How pharmacy teams can reduce the risk of falls in elderly people by identifying risk factors and managing medicines.
All too often are older patients given multi-compartment compliance aids to help them take their medicines. But these devices are not the be-all and end-all when offering support to such patients
Reducing falls among older people is a key aim of the National Service Framework for Older People. Clare Bellingham finds out how pharmacists in Barnet, Enfield and Haringey have been getting involved
Pharmacists should be “guardians of the appropriate use of antipsychotics in care home settings”, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) in Wales told the Welsh Assembly on 5 October 2017.
Adverse drug reactions (ADRs) are common and account for around 5% of all, and up to 16.6% in the elderly
Only 3% of primary care patients with long-term conditions have a written care plan in place, according to a report by the charity coalition National Voices.
A public consultation from the European Medicines Agency, which could lead to more medications tailored to suit older people, has been welcomed by a consultant pharmacist
Aspirin is a potent drug that is still widely prescribed since the days of Hippocrates in its willow bark tea form. Recently, it has been reported that older people are at high risk of gastric bleeds when taking low dose aspirin (The ...
Deaths from Alzheimer’s disease have risen by more than 50% in a 15-year period and are expected to increase further, a report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning.
Researchers say that older women taking statins should be regularly monitored after discovering that the risk of diabetes increased the higher the dose of statin in a cohort of 8,372 patients.
Some women could live longer if they take hormone replacement therapy because of its cardiovascular protective effects, according to a new retrospective study.