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Medicating the Elderly: Trends, Impact & Consequences

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What does it mean if an elderly person is noncompliant with medication?

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1. What is it called when two medications with either active or inert ingredients mix to cause other compounds or create issues?

2. Why are dosages of medication that affects the brain and nervous system generally reduced in elderly patients?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Some medications are better choices than others for the elderly and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of these considerations. Some things you'll be assessed on include how medications affect the elderly and how this influences prescribing.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • The meaning of noncompliant
  • Trends in medication costs
  • Dosing considerations

Skills Practiced

This quiz/worksheet allows students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related psychology lesson
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding noncompliance and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - access the knowledge you've gained regarding effects of medications on elderly physiology

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson Medicating the Elderly: Trends, Impact & Consequences. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Discuss the statistics of trends in costs and prescribing for elderly patients
  • Understand how interactions, side effects and noncompliance affect medication use in the elderly
  • Recognize how aging affects medications and how medications affect elderly physiology
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