NEW YORK — As the Baby Boomer generation ages and the segment of the U.S. population over 65 increases, the healthcare industry is growing to meet the increased demand for elder care.
An older population means more prescription drugs being issued to that demographic. The unfortunate reality is that more prescriptions means an increased risk of harmful mistakes being made by elder Americans. And when a patient first begins taking a new medication, they may experience some new symptoms or side effects.
Medication error and mistakes are not just made in homes. They are also a major problem in both hospitals and skilled nursing care facilities.
This infographic, courtesy of Drug Lawsuit Source, explains the most common medication errors in the elderly and how to prevent them.