How de-prescribing medication can benefit patients in a nursing home

Author: Jeff Cramer
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People 65 years old and older take prescribed medications more frequently than any other age group in the United States. Medications can play a critical role in quality of life for older adults, but often times, prescribed medications can cause unintentional harm. Sarah Berry, M.D., M.P.H. is Associate Director, Musculoskeletal Research Center at Hebrew SeniorLife’s Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research, and an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. She is studying risk and benefit factors for certain drug therapies among nursing home populations.

The results of Dr. Berry’s research, showed that, when certain medications were de-prescribed, patients got better, had improvements in cognition, improvements in balance, and in their ability to walk, and not fall.
 


 

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About Jeff Cramer

Former Content Specialist

Jeff Cramer was the Content Specialist at Hebrew SeniorLife from 2019-2021, where he contributed content for digital platforms like social media, the HSL blog, the HSL website, and e-newsletters. Jeff spent five years as a local TV news anchor and...

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