A couple of weeks ago, I met with the “Chief Pharmacist” at The Everett Clinic to discuss his concerns about the use of sedative-hypnotic sleep medications (like Ambien) for older adults. At this meeting, I naively asked him at what “age” does older adulthood begin. I learned, to my surprise, that I am on the doorstep of older adulthood! Admission begins at age 65!
Recent medical reports have called into question the safety of these sleep medications for all adults, but particularly for those of us who are getting older. Older adults, even those of us in our 60’s, are more prone to... Read More