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R&D for Lifetime of Life

Elders fall less when take meds.

Dr Sarah D Berry examined the rate of falls in the elderly (average age 78) in those who took their medication properly compared to those who didn’t.

Taking medication properly required a no on each of 4 simple points – whether an individual ever forgets, is careless at times, stops taking medications when feels better, or stops taking medications when feels worse. One yes (or more) qualified as not taking medication properly.

She found those who didn’t take meds as advised had a 50% higher rate of a fall. 

This pushed the rate up from an average of 0.7 falls/year for those taking meds properly,  to 1.1 falls/year for those who didn’t.

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May 20, 2010 - Posted by | Aging, Health, Medicine/Treatment, Sarah D Berry, Success

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