“Many older adults will need help with managing their medicines and money”
- “10.3% of those aged 65 to 69 needed help managing medications and
- 23.1% needed help managing finances.
- These rates rose with age, to 38.2% and 69%, respectively, in those over age 85.
- Women had a higher risk than men, especially with advancing age.
Additional factors linked with an increased risk for both outcomes included a history of stroke, low cognitive functioning, and difficulty with activities of daily living.
The findings highlight the importance of preparing older adults for the likelihood that they will need assistance with managing their medicines and finances.
“It is important that professionals ask about these serious daily functions at an early stage to reduce the consequences and burden of these impairments.”