I recently came across two important articles for older adults and wanted to share them with you.
This article provides an excellent framework for having an honest, helpful discussion with your surgeon before deciding whether to have surgery. It provides questions that really address and explore a patient’s values about quality of life. I encourage you to take a few minutes to read it.
Did you know that many regularly used medications can cause confusion in older adults? Be sure to read this article to learn more about anticholinergic drugs (eg, antihistamines) and how they can be harmful. Searching the Beers list for potentially inappropriate medications use in older adults is also a must; if you see medications on the list that you or a family member is taking, don’t hesitate to ask your doctor about it.