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Re: Is psychiatric medication of seniors too casua Phillipa

Posted by Squiggles on August 21, 2006, at 12:41:37

In reply to Re: Is psychiatric medication of seniors too casual? Squiggles, posted by Phillipa on August 21, 2006, at 12:33:48

> What age do you consider senior? Love Phillipa ps nursing home or functional elders who may have just lost their partner.

Good question, as not everyone ages at the
same rate or has the same disabilities at the
same age. In general though, people who
enter their eighties are more vulnerable to
slow metabolism of drug use - esp. sedatives.
I'm not saying that seniors should not take
drugs, but I do think that they are prescribed
at that age, without any more attention than
people in their 40s and 50s. It would be nice
if hospitals or pharmaceutical companies could
supplement "medicines" with classes or sessions
on how to cope with the emotional and practical
problems for people entering the last stages
of their life.

Hey, I'm a boomer - I hope the drug companies
are listening or else they're going to have
to go into the Boomer Body Bag Biz. :-)

Squiggles


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