"Ask the medication and senior health expert."
Why is a Senior Care Practitioner good medicine?
- Canadian health data shows that an average of 3000 seniors die each year of adverse drug events; 88% of which are preventable.
- If adverse drug events were ranked as a cause of death, it would have been the fifth leading cause of death amongst elderly in North America.
- Health care professionals are often not adequately trained to recognize how diseases and drugs affect older people.
- People over the age of 65 should be assessed differently and more frequently to determine the need for, efficacy and safety of each of their medications. This approach is not routinely followed in clinical practice.
"Millions of seniors are unknowingly at risk of illness, disability and death caused by medication related problems"
36% of all reported adverse drug events involve an elderly individual.
What is an adverse drug event?
- A adverse drug event is an unwanted and sometimes unexpected response of the body to medications. It may happen shortly after treatment started or happen years down the line.
Senior Care Practice
Senior Care Practitioner FAQ
Who can benefit from consulting a Senior Care Practitioner?
1. Everyone that takes care of a senior with concerns about his or her health.
2. Everyone who is over the age of 65 years and:
- Is unsatisfied with life and frustrated with problems of aging, unresolved medical and medication related issues.
- Takes four or more medications or 12 or more doses per day along with dietary supplements, over-the counter medications and herbal remedies.
- Sees more than one physician or has more than one pharmacy filling prescriptions.
- Has complaints of persistent pain, urinary incontinence, constipation, muscle weakness, dizziness, changes in memory and mood or had had one or more falls in the last 6 months.
- Is frequently hospitalized or experiences worsening of symptoms.
- Feels overmedicated and does not take prescription medications as prescribed or frequently forgets to take medications.
- Has concerns about health related issues and needs a professional to talk to.
- Wants to have re-assurance and peace of mind.
What is a medication related problem?
- A patient has a medical condition but is not receiving treatment.
- A patient is taking a medication without a valid medical reason.
- A patient's medical condition is being treated with the wrong drug.
- A patient is being treated with a drug that is not the most appropriate and safest for the patient.
- A patient is being treated with the right medication but with a too low dose.
- A patient is being treated with the correct medication but a too high dose.
- A patient experiences an unwanted or bothersome symptom as a result of a medication.
- A patient has a symptom that is the result of a drug interacting negatively with another drug, food, dietary supplement or herbal remedy.
- A patient does not want to take a medication, forgets to take it, cannot afford the medication, cannot read the instructions or open the packaging.
How do I make an appointment?
To make an appointment visit the Contact Page and complete the online form.
How does a One-on-One consultation with the Senior Care Practitioner work?
Visit the Make An Appointment Page to learn more.