Opioid Prescriptions Remain High, Especially in Elderly With Chronic Pain

Opioid prescriptions remain high despite increased awareness of the opioid epidemic and awareness of the drugs’ risks, a new study finds. Researchers found opioid use and doses leveled off after peaking in 2012-13, but were still higher in 2017 than in 2007, HealthDay reports. Opioid use was especially high in elderly patients with chronic pain, the researchers report in BMJ. Much of the extended opioid use among older patients is for lower back pain, said lead researcher Molly Moore Jeffery. But for most patients, over-the-counter painkillers combined with physical therapy are more effective, she noted. The study compared opioid prescriptions among commercially insured …

Ask questions!!!

As you age… be sure to be your own advocate during doctor’s appointments and ask as many questions as it takes to understand your instructions and how you are to be taking your medications!  

Grandparents, Lock up the Medicine, Please!

Kids to Grandma and Grandpa: Lock up the medicine, please! Nearly one out of four grandparents store prescription medications in a place where children can easily access those medications – and that habit, University of Michigan researchers suggest, contributes to an epidemic of unintentional poisoning injuries for children. Click the link below to get the full story! https://yourmedicalsource.com/content/grandparents-lock-medicine-please

7 Benefits of Acupuncture for Seniors

Acupuncture offers a gentle, alternative medicine approach to help ease and treat the aches and pains in aging bodies. Instead of treating symptoms, acupuncture helps treat the pain source – naturally – without drug interaction.   Benefits of Acupuncture for Seniors Acupuncture, an ancient Chinese practice where needles are inserted into the body to treat disease, offers many benefits to seniors. While American healthcare is designed around Western medicine, alternative medicine — including acupuncture — provides relief without medication. As the Baby Boomer population reaches retirement in record numbers, chronic health care expenses of this generation are feared to collapse Medicare. Not only that, …