Are you managing meds for a loved one or for yourself? According to the National Council on Aging, older adults are the nation’s largest consumers of prescription and over-the-counter medications. On average, the older adult takes 4-5 prescription medications and 2 over-the-counter medications a day.
What do we know about medication errors?
Medication errors can create costly and serious, even catastrophic, health problems. Medication errors are the 5th leading cause of death for older adults. In addition, there are 7,000 deaths per year due to adverse drug events. Studies estimate up to 40% of seniors in the community have medication-related problems. About 1/5 of them use at least 1 of 33 drugs considered potentially inappropriate.
From Deirdre Walsh, Integrated Health Coach
“One of the most fraught parts of caregiving is making sure the schedule for meds is right and that it’s followed correctly. Is there a caregiver who doesn’t have a story or two about a mistake with medications – for all kinds of crazy reasons? I remember all the tussling we had to do with my Dad. He was on a very complex schedule for chronic heart disease and messing up the dosing could lead to a trip to the hospital pretty quickly. For us, it was the first battleground of shifting from a parent-child relationship to a caregiver-patient relationship. They were spirited conversations and a bit heart-breaking. Dad just didn’t want to relinquish control of his life and, honestly, I didn’t want to take it away from him.”
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Join Kelley tomorrow, Wednesday, July 11th with a real woman expert, a mover-and-shaker in the healthcare space today -Dr. Goldina Erowele, RPh, Clinical Pharmacy Specialist. Dr. Erowele will share her expertise with us, and answer your questions about medication management for yourself and those you love – especially your parents and relatives.
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Dr. Erowele’s Bio:
Dr. Erowele manages & cordinates a multi-million hematology oncology pharmaceutical budget in a Houston, TX Hospital. She serves as an adjunct professor at the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, where she lectures on various topics. She has authored and coauthored several pharmacy journals, book chapters and serves as a reviewer to multiple journals. She received the U.S. Army Commander’s Award for Civilian Service in 2005 and 2006 & the 2007 Mel Liter Clinical Pharmacy Award. She is a member of the Kappa Epsilon Society (an honor society for pharmacy professions), a wife, sister, mom and a friend.
Dr Erowele is also a part time entrepreneur, cofounder of a soon to launch company, CareNovate, LLC an online care site that connects background checked caregivers with care seekers safely. She is an advocate for caregivers, family caregivers and a caregiver herself.
Prior to pharmacy, Dr Erowele was a certified nursing assistant (CNA), passionate about helping the senior and elderly population. Attended Howard University College of Pharmacy and completed a year pharmacy practice residency program at the VAMC in Washington, D.C. She worked at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center as a pharmacotherapy specialist in areas of geriatrics, formulary management, internal medicine, intensive care. While there, she had spearheaded, developed and implemented clinical pharmaceutical services.