Medication Management

It’s vital that patients adhere to the exact directions given to them, from the time of the day the medication is taken to how it’s taken. Non-adherence can happen deliberately (when the patient purposely stops following medication) or unintentionally (when a patient is “careless or forgetful” of the medication prescribed, according to the FDA). 

Other factors that increase the risk of health problems related to medication mismanagement in older adults include:

  • Cognitive conditions, including memory problems
  • Multiple chronic diseases
  • Seeing multiple doctors
  • Not having a primary care doctor to coordinate care