This issue of “Prevention Tactics” provides an overview of considerations related to prescription drug usage in older adults. The author describes how older adults are more vulnerable to drug misuse, substances that can compound the effects of misuse/abuse, commonly prescribed medications, prevalence of use, contributing factors to misuse/abuse as well as strategies for communities to address these problems.
This handout from the Canadian Research Network for Care in the Community provides an overview of why it is important to focus on diversity in informal caregiving, strategies to address the challenges and a listing of available supports.
Medications play an expanding role in health care as we grow older. People are more likely to develop one or more chronic illnesses with advancing age, and appropriate medication can help seniors live longer and more active lives. However, medication use in older adults is also more likely to be associated with safety concerns. In this handout, learn how to get the benefits of medicine, whether prescription or nonprescription, while minimizing and managing the risks.
This 2 page handout is intended to help physicians and patients to make smart and effective decisions about the use of feeding tubes for those with late stage Alzheimer's disease. Last reviewed May 2017.
This reading list provides links to and summaries of a variety of open source resources related to elder abuse. Topics covered include forms of elder abuse, supportive resources, screening, interventions and best practice resources. 2 pages. Last reviewed May 2017.
This assessment tool includes both French and English and was designed to raise a doctor's suspicion about elder abuse to a level at which it might be reasonable to propose a referral for further evaluation by social services and other professionals. Last reviewed May 2017.