So you work days are done, the lure of leisure time is palpable and you suddenly realise that the meaning of life has changed. As seniors it’s time to re-focus and dedicate some serious time to yourself.
We all know that eating well and regular exercise are super important at any age… but so is having a good relationship with your GP. If you don’t have one by now – perhaps it’s a good time to test-drive a few to find the right fit. Ideally, it should be someone that you trust, who is easy to talk to and who listens to your concerns.
Having found a great GP it’s important to talk through whatever medications you are taking – both prescribed and over the counter. Let’s face it, it’s unusual to reach your senior years without being on some sort of pills; and while we are lucky to live in a time where medicine has so many more options to keep us well, juggling when and how to take them can be a little stressful at times (we know that each tablet will have its own unique set of rules …like : ‘take half an hour before meals’ , ‘take 2 tabs with food’ , or ‘take on a full stomach’ …) it can be confusing to say the least.
- Check with your Dr whether still you NEED the medications that you’ve been taking for years.
- Be honest with your Dr about any other tablets / supplements that you are taking.
- Be sure you understand why you need the medication, how long you need to take it, and how and when you take it.
- If you are worried you will forget the answers, take someone along to your appointment with you, an extra pair of ears is always good.
- Always ask questions, if Dr is busy talk to your local pharmacist to help you understand.
- Ask your Pharmacist about packaging your medications for you in a blister pack. This makes it easy to keep track of what you have or haven’t taken.
- Never share your medications with friends.
While it can seem a little daunting, it doesn’t need to be, your Dr has your best interest at heart and will be happy to make life a little easier for you – you just need to ask.