Seniors take a lot of medicine
For most older adults and their caregivers, medication is a huge part of life. On average, people over 65 take 14 – 18 prescription medications a year. That’s a lot of pills to manage!
Good medication management is critical for health
For health and safety, it’s critically important to take all medications exactly as the doctor has prescribed. But medication regimens are often complicated.
Common issues that seniors run into include:
- Forgetting to take medication on time
- Mistakenly taking too many doses at once
- Taking another dose too soon after the first one
- Getting different pills mixed up
Managing medication is a challenge for caregivers too. With everything that’s going on, it’s hard to remember if you gave mom her morning pill or if dad already took his once-a-week pill on Monday. Using a pill organizer makes it easy to keep track of meds and see if doses have already been taken.
Pill organizers keep seniors on track
A well-designed pill organizer is a lifesaver for many seniors (and caregivers!). It’s easy to see which pills need to be taken at what time. It also cuts down on accidental over- or under-dosing.
For most people, the best solution is for caregivers to set up the pill organizer once a week / month. More advanced organizers even come with reminder alarms or locks to prevent accidental overdosing.
4 pill organizers we recommend
- Cost: $8
- Easy access for those with arthritis, mild tremors, or limited hand strength
- Holds two doses per day for 7 days
- Cost: $7
- Great for seniors who take medication up to 4 times per day
- Cost: $57
- Useful for seniors who are able to operate the reminder system
- Can hold 31 days of medications up to 4 times per day
- Cost: $66
- Good for seniors with dementia or memory issues
- Locks with a special key to prevent accidentally taking extra medication
- White cover to the pills aren’t visible
- Has 28 compartments for 7 days of medication, up to 4 times a day
By DailyCaring Editorial Staff
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