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How to Help Aging Parents Manage Medications


(U.S. News) Your mom sees specialists for a few chronic conditions, and her most recent checkup has you concerned. Her blood pressure is back on the rise and her diabetes is no longer under control. Then you check her medicine cabinet and, rather than the flawless line of Rx vials you expected, you discover chaos: half-purged vials of obsolete medications, unopened medicines still in the drug store wrapping, packs of over-the-counter cures and supplements–and a plastic baggie loaded with assorted loose pills in rainbow hues like so many jellybeans.

One thing has now become abundantly clear–your mom needs assistance with her medicine administration. The discussion that follows is not an easy one, but it is a necessary one. When you’re ready to tackle the subject, here are some tips to get you started.

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