I write in agreement with Mrs A Hodges (November 2011) article about how hard some tablets are to extract from their packets. My mother, 84,has had the same trouble for many months, asking friends, family and even the pharmacist to decant the pills into another receptacle.
She contacted the manufacturer of the product, Bristol Laboratories of Berkhampstead but having had no response, purchased a 'Poppet pill remover' from the Mobility Shop catalogue - please see attached.
My mother was hopeful that this would be the end of the problem, but if anything it is even worse as having tried it she now finds that the tiny pill ends up in several pieces, some of it ending up on the floor. This means that she may not necessarily be taking the prescribed dosage of the drug.
This is of great concern to me and whilst I do understand that medication needs to be 'childproof' it also needs to be something which the elderly can deal with - indeed I tried to use the pill remover myself with equally disasterous results.
Can someone please urge the laboratories producing this medication to consider the end user and whether they have the physical strength to enable them to adhere to medical advice.
Campaigns & Issues
Jeremy Hunt hands responsibility for out-of-hours care back to GPs
The GP contract is set to be rewritten as part of reforms to out-of-hours care which will see general practice handed back responsibility for the care of patients around the clock.
Speaking at a King’s Fund conference yesterday, Jeremy Hunt said that GPs will not ‘personally’ have to be on call at all times but that they should have ‘sign-off’ to say they are happy with their patients’ care out of hours.
CSV continues its commitment to support people affected by dementia with Royal Voluntary Service partnership
As this year’s Dementia Awareness Week gathers pace, the UK Volunteering and learning charity CSV has reiterated its commitment to supporting people affected by Dementia.
CSV is backing the Prime Minister’s challenge on Dementia issues by joining forces with the Royal Voluntary Service to continue its successful long standing work with older people and those affected by the condition.
Competitions & Fun
Win one of two Whirlpool MAX Collection microwave ovens worth £160 each!
We’ve teamed up with Whirlpool to give away a couple of trendy microwave ovens from their new MAX Collection range. They will brighten up your kitchen with refreshing contemporary colours of Vivacious Green and Zesty Orange.
They’ll keep you in good shape and encourage you to eat healthily. You can prepare scrumptious healthy meals in next to no time, using little or no fat, with the fabulous steamer accessory.
Win a prize at home or away in this month's prize draw with Silver Travel Advisor!
Enter now and you could win a prize at home or away! How about a 7 night break for 2, with flights included, in beautiful Slovenia? Or a trip to London’s glitzy theatreland, staying in a 4* hotel? Both fabulous treats which must be won!
Silver Travel Advisor is a friendly website packed with advice, tips, information and honest reviews written by and for silver travellers (aged over 50). A team of advisors are on hand to answer queries (for free), and you can share your own experiences too.
Health & Wellbeing
Statins in new diabetes link
Certain statins may put older people at risk of developing diabetes, according to the findings of a new study.
Researchers in Canada looked at the medical records of more than 470,000 people aged 66 or over with no history of diabetes who were newly treated with a statin. They found compared with pravastatin, treatment with higher potency statins, especially atorvastatin and simvastatin, might be associated with an increased risk of diabetes.
Property & Finance
2nd National Personal Budget Survey results released
2nd National Personal Budget Survey shows how councils can get the best results and improve lives for people who need care and support
A survey of more than 3,300 people who use personal budgets (PBs) in social care and their carers has found positive results when people have taken up PBs.
Leisure and Lifestyle
Scientists yesterday claimed dinosaurs were actually "modern parents" who shared the task of caring for their young.
New research has found that the showed the giant reptiles shared egg-warming duties, contradicting previous thinking.
A team of British and American scientists found that male and female extant birds - which are descendants of the dinosaurs - share incubation.
Popular travel writing workshop - special offer for MT readers
Learn how to write travel blogs and articles, keep a travel diary or to record experiences for yourself or others to read.
The travel review site and advice forum for travellers aged 50+, Silver Travel Advisor (www.silvertraveladvisor.com), is once again encouraging aspiring travel writers to attend their travel writing workshop, to be held on Wednesday 17th March 2013 hosted by cruise line Noble Caledonia at their offices in Belgravia, Central London, at a cost of £55 per person.
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