Health Tips

Hey Seniors – it’s YOUR time to shine

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.

But it doesn’t need to be too hard and Nepean Hospital’s  Dr Fisher explains that there are a few key things to remember.

  • 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.

Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District