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     Organizing Senior Medicines

Do you feel like every day the combination of pills and times gets harder to keep straight? I did till my cousin gave me a seven-day pillbox with four containers for each day. The four containers are for morning, Noon, evening and night.
Pill Containers

Since I have arthritis, I take a NISAID every morning and night. The container had a place for each pill. To the morning one I added my COQ10, B and C vitamins. To the night one I added my calcium pill. For the noon one I added vitamin D and Fish Oil. To the evening, I put in a pain pill which I usually need about six pm and some carnipure L-Carnitine for a healthy heart and to help my metabolism burn some fat. For the Night one I added the NiSAID and a sleep aid. I donít always need the sleeping pill but itís nice to have it there in case I need it. I also add Glucosamine and Chondroitin to help my joints.
Kitchen Table

I have just given you a look at the way I organize my pills. My Mom puts all her prescription bottles on her kitchen table. She takes one of each every morning after breakfast. She doesnít believe in taking supplements so her pill list is a bit shorter than mine.
Use Different Cabinets

Other people line up their pills in different cabinets. My Aunt has her morning pills in a cabinet in her kitchen and her evening pills next to her bed. This works if you can remember when and if you have taken your pills.
Forget A Pill?

I find it comforting to fill my containers every Sunday and then take my pills daily and four times a day. If I find myself saying, ďDid I take that pill?Ē. All I need do is open the correct container and see. If it is empty, I know Iíve taken my pills and if they are still there I can take them directly!

In addition to pill taking I also fill my water bottles with filtered water. My task is to drink all that water each day. Then at night, I can sterilize the bottles and fill them up again.

I also do Tai Chi every morning. The practice keeps me centered and balanced. It also increases my muscle stamina and keeps my cholesterol and blood pressure low enough so I donít need those pills.

I also swim laps and that gives me an indication of just how healthy I am. Some days I glide through the water and on others it takes me awhile to get into the rhythm, I hope some of these suggestions have helped you organize your medicine. If you have good ideas youíd like to share please let me know.


DíAmato founded her Organizational Psychology Company in 1981. She focused on corporate organizing and strategic planning. Fifteen years ago she added Organizing for Individuals. At first her clients were small business owners working at home, or corporate sales people who had a home office. She then began to help people organize their homes. In 2000 she had an auto accident that left her crippled and she began to include clients that were also disabled. Frances has worked to overcome her disability through physical therapy, water exercise and Tai Chi. In the process of her recovery she learned many tricks that help her clients. DíAmato also specializes in helping hoarders who are psychologically disabled. FRANCES DAMATO has advanced degrees from Columbia University in New York and uses her psychological training to assist her clients.

You may reach Frances through online organizing or give her a call 704-379-7923.

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