What to expect when caring for someone with dementia

Hi Laura,

Did you know that medications are a common cause of falling among older adults? Be especially wary of new prescriptions or changes in existing prescriptions, such as a new dosage. Sometimes specialists alter a medication without the rest of a medical team knowing, and even a slight change in dosage or a new combination of medications can create symptoms that contribute to falls.Symptoms include dizziness, drowsiness, unsteadiness, and loss of consciousness.

Meds to watch out for in particular: over-the-counter antihistamines and sleep aids (including the PM version of common painkillers), antipsychotics and antianxiety drugs, and drugs for overactive bladder. Blood-pressure medications pose a special risk when dosages are being adjusted; falls are more likely when the dose is too high.

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