Senior Service Offers Rx Advice

Web site educates seniors about medicine safety

TUESDAY, Dec. 28, 2004 (HealthDayNews) -- There's a new U.S. government Web site to provide seniors with information about the safe use of medicines.

The NIHSeniorHealth site offers information about how medicines act in the body, how to take medicines safely, and what research there is on new medicines.

"Many older Americans owe their health in part to new and improved medicines. But using them may be riskier for older adults, especially when several medicines are used at one time," said Jeremy M. Berg, director of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, which developed the Web site's information about the safe use of medicines.

"To help avoid risk, older Americans now can turn to NIHSeniorHealth for accurate, helpful information about how to take medicines safely and manage them wisely," Berg said.

People age 65 and older take more prescription and over-the-counter drugs than any other age group in the United States. As a group, older people tend to have more chronic illnesses such as arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.

Older Americans are also one of the fastest growing age groups using the Internet and often use it to find health information.

More information

Here's where you can find NIHSeniorHealth.

SOURCE: U.S. National Institutes of Health, news release, December 2004
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