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Binge Eating Among Older Adults

Eating disorders are often associated by the general public as being limited to white suburban teenage girls who choose a certain lifestyle to be thin as a result of their vanity. Despite increased awareness about eating disorders, there is still a perception that those with eating disorders have chosen to adhere to their dangerous behaviors. Continue Reading

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Sedatives Investigated for Increased Falls, Suicide Among Senior Citizens

Many older adults receive prescription help for problems like depression, sleep disturbances and excessive anxiety. Recent research suggests the drugs seniors take to help with these symptoms may actually be linked with a significantly higher possibility of attempting suicide. Other research suggests that certain sedative medications may give elderly people a greater chance of falling, and experts are prompting physicians to closely examine drug side effects when working with older patients.

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Pain Medication and the Elderly

By Jill Gonzalez

As people age, they generally develop a variety of medical problems that require the regular use of medication (prescription and over the counter). Unfortunately, there are a number of risks associated with the use of multiple medications, particularly over an extended period of time.

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Special Needs of the Elderly with Drug or Alcohol Addiction

By Jill Gonzalez

While most people do not automatically think of the elderly when they think about people with drug problems, this age group is at particular risk for developing addictions to both drugs and alcohol.

The primary reason that the elderly are at such a great risk is because they are generally given a multitude of prescription medications to deal with the health problems that crop up during the aging process. The older people get, the more likely they are to have to take at least one regular medication on a daily basis.

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How to Help Your Elderly Parent Avoid Abusing Prescription Drugs

Many of us with elderly parents know it’s sometimes difficult to discuss, or even broach, certain subjects. There are times when it’s good to avoid saying things we know may cause them distress, but there are also times when it’s absolutely critical that we have a discussion about a particular topic. One of these topics concerns abuse of prescription drugs. Continue Reading