Are you worried about the medications older family members are taking?

Are you worried about the medications older family members are taking?

By Janet Currie and Johanna Trimble

Often, adult children are the first to notice the effects of prescription medications on their parents or other family members.

Common adverse effects can include problems with memory, over-sedation, confusion, dizziness, balance problems, increased falling or behaviour that is unusual.  Read more …

9 Quick Safety Tips to Manage Your Medications

9 Quick Safety Tips to Manage Your Medications

By Johanna Trimble and Janet Currie

Track your meds. It’s up to you or your family to keep track of the drugs you are taking. Your medication list is unlikely to be available to all health professionals online! Electronic medical records systems often don’t “talk” to one another. Read more…

Hips don’t lie: what you should know about medications and falls

Hips don’t lie: what you should know about medications and falls

By Dr. Cara Tannenbaum, Geriatrician and Director, Canadian Deprescribing Network

One night while working in the emergency room, a woman in her 70s was brought in with a broken hip. When I asked her what happened, she told me that she lost her balance going to the bathroom in the middle of the night and fell on the floor. Read more…

Bert’s story about getting off opioids

Bert’s story about getting off opioids

By Dr. Cara Tannenbaum, Geriatrician and Director, Canadian Deprescribing Network

In 2003, then-53-year-old Bert Mitchell was in a car accident that nearly took his life. He came to in “excruciating” pain and his doctors put him on powerful opioid medication. More than a decade and several attempts later, he finally weaned off opioids. Now he uses alternative therapies to manage the pain—and has his life back. Read more…

Is it normal to forget where you parked your car? Only if you can find it.

Is it normal to forget where you parked your car? Only if you can find it.

By Dr. Cara Tannenbaum, Geriatrician and Director, Canadian Deprescribing Network

One afternoon, Anita forgot where she had parked her car at the local mall. Security had to call the police to try to find her car and get her home. “I knew something was seriously wrong and that it was beyond what we call ‘a senior’s moment’,” explains Richard. Read more…