Seniors Risk Falling With More Medications

The More Medications Seniors Take, the Greater Their Risk of Falling. Seniors can take precautions to avoid the risk of falling, such as asking their health care provider to review their medications. A major risk factor for falls among older adults may be lurking in their medicine cabinets. Taking four or more medications, or taking a prescription with side effects that include dizziness and drowsiness, can greatly increase an older adults’ risk of falling. The risk for medication side effects increases with age. To access the Univera Healthcare report on falling, Fall incidence and costs among older adults in upstate New York,go towww.univerahealthcare.com/factsheets .