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Over-medication a serious issue for seniors

The Ottawa Citizen
Alan Cassels, Regina Leader, Post, 05.29.2016

The issue of too much medication in Canadian seniors is finally starting to be recognized as the serious problem it has become. Many hospitalizations in the elderly are caused by adverse medication reactions, according to several recent studies. And one of the biggest health hazards for seniors is falling – often a result of multiple medications, which can cause cognitive difficulties and affect balance. Some long-term care facilities are now required to do periodic medication reviews and weed out unnecessary, ineffective or hazardous pills.

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