Alert
Close

Watch the NASCAR race on Sunday at Martinsville Speedway. Join the Drive to End Hunger!

HIGHLIGHTS

Close
America's Winter Escapes Sweepstakes
Introducing RealPad by AARP
You and Your Town Contest-You could win an AARP RealPad

AUTO BUYING PROGRAM

AARP Auto Buying Program

DRIVER SAFETY

Piggy bank on the road - AARP Driver Safety

Take the new AARP Smart Driver Course!

Contests and
Sweeps

Safe Driving in 2014 Sweepstakes

Learn how AARP Driver Safety can help you stay safe—and enter for a chance to win $1,000. See official rules. 

Download the ipad App

AARP-iPad-ePub-app

KEEP BRAIN ACTIVE!

AARP Games - Play Now!

Learning Centers

Get smart strategies for managing health conditions.


Arthritis

Heart Disease

Diabetes

Most Popular

Viewed

Inside E Street

Too Many Meds

How prescription drug miscommunications and misuse endanger the elderly

En español | Nearly 90 percent of people over 60 take at least one prescription drug; 30 percent take five or more. When multiple doctors and pharmacies issue the prescriptions — a situation known as "polypharmacy" — overmedication and dangerous reactions can occur, especially in the elderly. Over-the-counter drugs can put patients at further risk.

Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter.

Mature man sitting with table of multiple prescribed medications

— Photo by Joel Sartore

A guideline known as the "Beers Criteria" details potentially inappropriate medications for older Americans. Although the list has recently been updated by American Geriatrics Society experts using new methodology, it is still merely a guideline — patients, doctors and pharmacists must work together to find the best and safest drug treatments.

This week, Inside E Street explores the threat of prescription drug overuse in the elderly and how you can safeguard yourself and your family.

Guests

Thomas E. Finucane, M.D., professor of Medicine Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology, School of Medicine; Johns Hopkins University

Todd Semla, Pharm D., associate professor of Clinical Medicine-General Internal Medicine, Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine

Barbara Paris, M.D., vice chair of Medicine and director, Division of Geriatric Services, Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.

More Information

Must for Seniors

American Geriatrics Society: Beers Criteria (PDF)

Also of interest: Find info on drug interactions and side effects.

Topic Alerts

You can get weekly email alerts on the topics below. Just click “Follow.”

Manage Alerts

Processing

Please wait...

progress bar, please wait

Tell Us WhatYou Think

Please leave your comment below.

Discounts & Benefits

From companies that meet the high standards of service and quality set by AARP.

Grandson (8-9) whispering to grandfather, close-up

Members can save 20% on hearing aids with the AARP® Hearing Care Program provided by HearUSA.

AARP/Walgreens Wellness Bus Stops in Clarksdale, MS

Members can get exclusive points offers from Walgreens and Duane Reade.

Member Benefits

Join or renew today! AARP members receive exclusive member benefits & affect social change.

Rewards for Good

Your Points Balance:

Learn More

Earn points for completing free online activities designed to enrich your life.

Find more ways to earn points

Redeem your points to save on merchandise, travel, and more.

Find more ways to redeem points