AARP Public Policy Institute, PPI
Welcome to the AARP Public Policy Institute (PPI). This month, we’re highlighting our healthcare work that aims to empower consumers, especially seniors.
Prescription drugs are an important part of health care for seniors. Adults 65 and older take an average of 4.6 medications per month. Nearly a fifth of them take 10 or more medications. Millions of people experience adverse drug events due to high drug burden. Improving medication literacy among older adults is an important strategy to reduce not only adverse events, but also costs to consumers and the healthcare system. Another strategy to reduce the risks associated with “polypharmacy” is deprescribing, that is, reducing or eliminating certain drugs that may be harmful. Deprescribing should be integrated into routine medical care and an ongoing conversation between consumers and providers.
Of course, prescription drugs offer great benefits that all consumers should be able to access. Read some of our recent blog posts on the problem of high and rising drug prices, and some possible solutions.
The AARP Public Policy Institute (PPI) promotes the development of sound and creative policies to meet our common need for economic security, health care, and quality of life. Learn more about our health and other problem areas below.