Could Modern Medicine Be Harming Older Patients?Barry Smith
As a next step, patients, payers, doctors, and pharmaceutical companies need to work together to ensure that the elderly are represented throughout the drug development process. Physicians are often in the dark when it comes to treating the older patients. As our population ages, we need to ensure that we are actually helping, and not harming, older adults. As we all age, we need to be asking questions, learning about the drugs they are wanting to put in our bodies and doing what we can to stay healthy and well informed.
Taking care of our bodies when we are young and old alike is very important. Even small amounts of exercise a day can have a huge impact on your health, give this article a read and think about what questions you should be asking your doctor about the medicine they want to put you on and make sure you and your doctor are making the best choices for your health in the long run and not going for just a quick fix.
Medically speaking, if you are above the age of 65, you are considered an “older adult.” On conducting rounds on the cardiology unit, I find it rare to see anyone less than 65 years of age. If someone below 50 years old gets admitted, they are almost considered “pediatric” […]