Medications and the Elderly Resources

Recommended Resources for

Medications and the Elderly


Printable Documents (Course Hand-Outs)


Questions to ask your Doctor

Red Flags- Signs That an Elderly Person is At Risk for Medication Errors

Identifying Drug Reactions in the Elderly

Personal Medication Form.


Medication Reminder Apps


CAREZONE: Free. Recommended by Consumer Reviews as easy to use with good security practices. Can store doctor and pharmacy contact information.

MEDISAFE: Recommended by Consumer Reviews as easy to take and secure. Will alert caregivers if meds are missed, check for drug interactions and store contact information.

ROUND HEALTH: Recommended by Consumer Reviews as easy to use and secure. Available only for iOS devices.

ON TIME-RX: Fee for service. Includes telephone or email options as well as the usual reminds.


References Cited in the Medications and the Elderly Online Course


ERIK ERIKSON, developmental psychologist.  His books, The Life Cycle Completed, and Vital Involvement in Old Age, focus on the developmental stages of old age..

RAGING GRANNIES is a social/political activist organization that is a great example of the potential of older persons to work toward the betterment of society.

The MEDSTOPPER website: You can enter all your medications into their database and they will tell you which may be causing problems and should be discussed with your doctor.

CANADIAN DEPRESCRIBING NETWORK: This site is chock full of easy to read information, brochures and fact sheets on many aspects of medication use in the elderly

The BEERS LIST is a compilation of medications considered risky for seniors  (i.e., they can cause harm, and there are safer alternatives.  This website has other great resources for seniors as well.


Other Resources


McMaster Optimal Aging Portal
McMaster University OPTIMAL AGING PORTAL. A wide range of information for both older adults and health care professionals.  Based on the latest research. Easy to navigate and read.

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION CAMPAIGN. This is a short clip by the World Health Organization as part of their campaign to reduce medication error by 50% world wide in the next 5 years.

REAL LIFE STORIES: of persons who have struggled with medication errors, including patient stories of harm; patients and families working for change and health care workers’ stories. Informative and inspirational

CAREGIVER TIPS FOR REGAINING ENERGY, OPTIMISM AND HOPE: Good information for caregivers to help them recognize the signs of burnout and tips on what they can do about it.

Some simple and common-sense suggestions from CONSUMER REPORTS.