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Older Adults – Patient and Family Resources

Find factsheets and websites with information on the risks associated with taking prescription opioids, facts to consider when taking opioids, along with information important in talking to your healthcare provider or pharmacist about your medications.

What to Know if You Are Prescribed Prescription Opioids for Pain

How The Opioid Crisis Affects The Elderly

  • Find information on the physical effects of opioid medications on seniors, and the increased risks associated (e.g., risk of falls) with taking opioids.

SAMHSA: Fact Sheet: Myths and Realities of Alcohol, Medications, and Mental Health Conditions in Older Adults

  • (Page 41) Many people have misconceptions about mental health conditions and/or substance use disorders. Use this fact sheet to better understand the facts.

Pain Relief, Opioids, and Constipation

  • Constipation from pain medication such as opioids, is a common problem. Get tips on how to manage pain relief, side effects from opioids, and how to relieve constipation from pain medication.

Opioids Can Derail The Lives Of Older People, Too

  • Hear about one man’s battle to quit taking opioid medications.

FDA: Stop — Learn — Go — Tips for Talking with Your Pharmacist to Learn How to Use Medicines Safely

  • Use these tips for talking with your pharmacist about medication safety.

Pain Information and Resources for Patients Seeking the Care of a Pain Medicine Professional.

  • These resources are designed to help pain care providers provide their patients with helpful information and tools to increase their knowledge about pain, locate an AAPM member pain physician in the area, and connect with organizations that directly serve pain patients.

CDC: Medicine Risk Fact Sheet

  • Use this fact sheet to identify medicines that put you at risk, potential side effects, and questions to ask your doctor.

Additional Resources

 

FDA: As You Age…A Guide to Aging, Medicines, and Alcohol

  • Guard against potential problems with your medicines and learn about your medication and how it makes you feel. Visit this website to get tips on medication safety.

FDA: Medicines and You: A Guide for Older Adults

  • Visit this guide to learn about different types of drug interactions, side effects, and get tips on what to ask your health care professional and pharmacist when it comes to your medical conditions, the medicines you take, and any health concerns you have.

SAMHSA: Growing Older: Providing Integrated Care for An Aging Population

  • As a caregiver, find helpful information including evidence-based integrated care practices for older adults.

MedlinePlus –Older Adult Health

  • Know what to expect as we age and our bodies and minds change. Some changes may just be part of normal aging, while others may be a warning sign of a medical problem. It is important to know the difference, and to let your health care provider know if you have any concerns.

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