Seniors

19 May: It’s Older Americans Month: Time for a benefits checkup?

You probably didn’t know it, but May is officially Older Americans Month. Since many members of the eDrugSearch.com community are seniors, and we are keenly aware of their struggles in managing their prescription drug costs, we thought we would take this opportunity to share some facts about the older population that might surprise you, courtesy of the Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Aging — The older population — persons 65 years or older — represents about 12.4 percent of the U.S. population, about one in every eight Americans. By 2030, there will be about 71.5 million older persons, more than twice their number in 2000, representing about 20 percent of the U.S. population. In 2006 older consumers…

06 Jan: Seniors must be vigilant about drug interaction risk

  Researchers from the University of Chicago Medical Center report in the Dec. 24/31, 2008 issue of JAMA that more than half of older Americans take five or more prescription medications — and that an alarming number of these seniors risk harmful drug interactions. We’ve warned of drug interactions here before — and have recommended sites like DoubleCheckMD.com to make sure your drug regimen is safe. This latest study reinforces the importance of such precautions. According to the researchers, at least one in 25 older adults take multiple drugs in combinations that can produce a harmful drug interaction. That’s 2.2 million seniors in the United States. Nearly half of the drug interactions identified in the study put seniors at risk…