Many medicines prescribed to the elderly interfere with their cognitive functions and are associated with a higher risk of dementia. Photo: Alamy Many medicines prescribed to the elderly interfere with their cognitive functions and are associated with a higher risk of dementia. Photo: Alamy
Many medicines prescribed to the elderly interfere with their cognitive functions and are associated with a higher risk of dementia. Photo: Alamy

How some medicines cause side effects that imitate dementia in the elderly, and safer alternatives

  • Insomnia, incontinence and Parkinson’s disease are common in the elderly, and are often treated with medicines called anticholinergics
  • Studies show that these drugs impair old people’s cognitive functions; fortunately, alternative drugs are available

Topic |   Wellness
Many medicines prescribed to the elderly interfere with their cognitive functions and are associated with a higher risk of dementia. Photo: Alamy Many medicines prescribed to the elderly interfere with their cognitive functions and are associated with a higher risk of dementia. Photo: Alamy
Many medicines prescribed to the elderly interfere with their cognitive functions and are associated with a higher risk of dementia. Photo: Alamy
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