Federal Resources Regarding Medications and Aging Brain Health Released
April 19, 2016 08:35 AM
The Administration for Community Living (ACL) along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevent and the National Institutes for Health has released resources and materials containing information on medications and the aging brain, such as which medications affect cognition in older adults.
“Even if we’ve taken a certain medicine for years, the aging process can cause our bodies to begin reacting to it in new ways,” ACL stated in announcing the resources. “Although the changing reactions can be physical, they can also be cognitive. That is, we may notice that the medication affects how we think, understand, learn, plan, and remember. Because of this potential for a change in the way medicine can affect us, it is important for older adults to discuss their medications and the possible side effects with their health care professionals.”
Among the included resources are a power point presentation, a brochure for educators, and a one-page handout for consumers. According to ACL:
The PowerPoint presentation helps people learn about the impact some medicines can have on an older person's brain and emphasizes the importance of talking with a doctor about.
The Educator Brochure offers additional information for presenters to share with audiences.
A one-page handout for the audience covers some medicines' potential impact on brain health.
The resources are available here: http://www.acl.gov/Get_Help/BrainHealth/Index.aspx