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What is the best way to convince my dad that he needs to take his daily medication?

My Dad is on several medications for high blood pressure, memory loss and arthritis. He used to be very willing to take his pills as long as we set them up in a pill box. Now he won't take them but won't tell us what the problem is either.
Status: Open    Oct 04, 2014 - 06:24 AM

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Oct 24, 2014 - 11:16 AM

Since you relate your Dad is on medication for "memory loss", one has to consider if the reason for not taking the medications now may be related to some kind of progressing dementia. Dementia could cause one to become confused about many things that once was routine.

It would be best to consult with your Dad's physician as to this new development, how long it has been going on, all medications prescribed, any other new medical issues or symptoms, and the possible cause. It needs to be determined if he does have a diagnosis of some kind of dementia that is not reversible. If so, it may mean a new way to ensure your Dad's medications are given and dispensed is now necessary for him.



Feb 01, 2015 - 12:55 AM

Your dad might have almost got choked on a pill and it scared him. Offer him the pills just a couple at a time to see if it helps.

My mother started thinking the pills were what was causing her dementia and hallucinations. I told her that one of them wasn't working so good so we changed them and that she's been doing SO MUCH BETTER on it so let's be sure to keep taking it so she stays better. She went for it and no problem getting her to take them.
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