We live in an amazing time that gives us access to modern medical treatments for most health problems that occur. It is common for individuals to rely on medications to manage chronic conditions as they get older. Do you find that it is necessary to use prescriptions to address the symptoms that you are experiencing?

Unique Medication Considerations for Older Adults

An aging adult can run into problems when they are working with different doctors and taking multiple medications. These drugs might be fine on their own, but the combinations might lead to serious side effects. This situation is so common that there is now a term used when multiple medications are prescribed for a patient: polypharmacy.

Just because a person is on multiple medications doesn’t necessarily mean that a problem will occur. But, there are situations where negative outcomes are a possibility. It is best to be proactive to avoid these issues, which is why you should consider the benefits of working with a Senior Care Pharmacist.

What is a Senior Care Pharmacist?

A Senior Care Pharmacist is a trained healthcare professional responsible for managing medications and lifestyle habits for seniors. This person maintains the interests of the patient above all other things and takes responsibility for finding the right medical treatment.

Through an evaluation known as Medication Therapy Management (MTM), a patient can learn more about the medications that are safe, the most appropriate, and the most effective. A Senior Care Pharmacist puts together a medication plan and ensures that these drugs are used correctly.

Benefits of Working with a Senior Care Pharmacist

If you want to avoid the potential negative reactions that can occur when multiple medications are used, then you should consider the benefits of working with a Senior Care Pharmacist. His or her evaluation will give you more information about the medications and help you put together an effective treatment plan for the future.

Here at Windward Life Care, we are always working to improve your access to health resources. Our clients can benefit from the services of a Senior Care Pharmacist through our partnership with UC San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy. Contact us to learn more about how you can take advantage of the options that are available.

Windward Life Care client Dorie Radichel knows how to grab life by the horns.

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This 86-year-young great grandmother of four was recently asked to name an activity she always wanted to try. When her surprise answer was zip lining, Burnell Jackson, the Vibrant Life Coordinator at Villa Bonita where Dorie lives, started her on a fitness plan to help make Dorie’s dream a reality.

Dorie’s inspiring story is just one example of how Aging Life Care™ Managers at Windward Life Care support their clients to not just live, but thrive in their golden years. Taking a holistic and customized approach to care, the Windward team encourages clients to find purposeful activities that emphasize their unique strengths and interests.

To get Dorie ready for her big adventure, Burnell developed a stamina training regimen so Dorie would be able to ascend the two flights of stairs to the zipline platform. She was game! Dorie walked and climbed stairs daily until she reached her goal. A trip to the La Jolla Zip Zoom Ziplines in Pauma Valley was then arranged.

La Jolla Zip Zoom boasts the longest zipline course in Southern California. In some sections, zippers can travel up to 55 miles per hour. And Dorie had a blast! With the harness keeping her safely tethered to the zipline, she enjoyed the long ride and spectacular views of the Pauma Valley, Palomar Mountain, and the San Luis Rey River. You can see Dorie on the zipline at a video posted on Villa Bonita’s website.

So what’s next on Dorie’s adventure list? “Burnell has told me about an indoor sky diving place. You can free fall at over 11,000 feet. That sounds interesting,” Dorie quipped. Stay tuned!

Are you worried about the loss of cognitive function that can occur as people get older? Dementia and other health problems can make it difficult to maintain good memory in the later years of life. Just because these health problems are common, doesn’t mean that you need to suffer.

There are a few things that you can do to maintain healthy cognitive function at all ages. According to researchers at Harvard University, these are the four focuses that you should have in your life:

1. Nutrition to Support the Brain

The food choices that you make each day can have a direct impact on brain function. If you are choosing healthy ingredients, then your brain will receive the nutrients and support needed for optimal mental health. Increase your consumption of fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains. Maintain a moderate consumption of olive oil and other unrefined fats. It has also been found to be beneficial to cut your consumption of red meat.

2. Start an Exercise Routine

Consistently increasing your heart rate is helpful to reduce the risk of dementia. Make sure that you are getting aerobic exercise five times a week. These exercise sessions should be at least 20 or 30 minutes in length. Always talk with your doctor before starting a new exercise routine.

3. Stimulate Your Mind

Make it a point to continue learning and developing mental strength throughout your life. Look for mental challenges, such as learning a language, doing crossword puzzles, reading a book, playing a musical instrument, or playing card games.

4. Improve Relationships

How much time are you spending with friends and family members? Observational studies have found a link between social connections and reducing the risk of dementia. Work to build meaningful social connections, and you will help your mood and reduce your risk of dementia at the same time.

At Windward Life Care, we are here to offer the support that you need in finding resources for the later years of life. Contact us to learn more about the services that are offered.