EldercareWe all want to give our bodies the best possible nutrition so that we can keep ourselves as strong and healthy as possible, able to fight off illness and be a partner in battling chronic conditions. Since many of us do not get many of the nutrients we need from the food we eat, we supplement our diet with vitamins and nutritional supplements. This is especially true of seniors. We are accustomed to hearing, “Take your vitamins! They are good for you.” Except sometimes, however, they are not good for you. When combined with certain medications, vitamins and supplements can be dangerous, and anyone involved in eldercare needs to be made aware of the potential dangers. The latest research warns of the dangers associated with combining certain prescription medications with over-the-counter vitamins and herbal supplements. In some cases, these combinations can even be deadly, such as the interactions between blood pressure drugs and supplements such as omega-3 fish oil. According to Dr. Dima Qato, a University of Illinois assistant professor of pharmacy systems, “A medication or supplement may be safe and beneficial when you use it alone, but when you mix it with other medications or supplements, it can be very dangerous.” It’s crucial to be vigilant about providing our healthcare providers with a list of all medications being taken, including any supplements, so that each physician is not only aware of, but has approved of, these combinations. One of Cascade Companion Care’s most important roles as the premiere homecare agency in northwest Washington is to keep our clients and staff up to date on research that can help our caregivers and their families provide the best eldercare services possible. See what our clients are saying about Cascade Companion Care. For more information, please call us at (425) 361-0044.