'Families on the Brink:' Elders Confused By Too Many Medications

91-year-old Maynard Merel takes ten different types of pills every day. Ask him to tell you what each pill does for him, and the chances are he'll tell you he has no idea. Although he suffers from high cholesterol, high blood pressure, an underactive thyroid, and chronic asthma, he can't remember which pill combats which ailment, or the proper dosage he needs. During a doctor's visit, his geriatrician reminded him that he only needed to take one thyroid pill a day. Maynard Merel was taking...Full Story
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