Home Page Text size: A | A | A
High contrast:
Help
    Virtual HomeSpecial ConcernsProductsTCH BlogDonateFAQ


SPECIAL CONCERNS
Alzheimer's & Dementia
About Dementia
Agitated Behavior
- Activities
Clothing & Dressing
Clutter & Hoarding
Falls & Mobility
- Things to Do
- Canes & Walkers
Late Stage
Medications
- Memory Aids
- Mid-Late Stage
Transferring
- Body Ergonomics
- 10 Golden Rules
- What Not to Do
- Lifts
Wandering
Wheelchairs

EXPERT'S TIPS
Most large pharmacies offer online prescription tracking, especially useful if caregiving is shared among several family members. You can view the person's prescription records, check the refill status of current prescriptions, and order refills at your convenience.

medication management


Remembering which meds to take, the right dosage, and at what times of the day can be difficult for anyone - and a daunting or impossible task for a person with dementia. Without a medication system in place, things can go desperately wrong for a person with declining memory and organizations skills. For example, he or she may take a medication, and then not know whether they've actually taken it. Pill bottle tops, difficult to remove, may be simply left off, allowing the bottles to spill. A person may sometimes take a medicine relying solely on the pill's color, leading to confusion with similar pills. And they may forget - is it one or two of the pink or blue pills? In addition, pills may be hidden under clutter.

We all know how a person's health can suffer if they forget a medication, take the wrong one, or take too many. That's why it's essential that the person you care for gets assistance in managing their meds. The type of assistance needed depends on his/her stage of the disease, the complexity of their medication regimen, and whether or not they live alone. For example, in the early stages, he or she may be able to take medications independently, if you sort and organize their pills in a 7-day pillbox. But in the late stages, you'll need to administer all medications and keep them in a safe place to reduce the risk of an overdose.

For more information on medication safety from the Alzheimer's Association, click here.

RESOURCES

Medication Safety



Alzheimier's Association




Personal Medication Record



University of Florida




24-Hour Helpline


Information, referral, support



Alzheimer's Association
1-800-272-3900




Online Care Calendar


Lotsa Helping Hands




© Weill Cornell Medical College | Contact Us | Disclaimer | Share/Bookmark