What Gets in the Way of Taking Your Medicines Correctly?

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What Gets in the Way of Taking Your Medicines Correctly?

Taking your medicine as instructed by your healthcare provider is very important for your health. Yet, 85% of people aged 65 years and older who are on 3 or more medicines don’t take them correctly. Take this quiz to see if you experience some things that may get in the way of taking your medicines correctly.

1. In the last month, I forgot to take my medicine(s) at least 4 or more times
Yes   No

2. I can't afford to buy my medicine(s)
Yes   No

3. I don’t understand the instructions on the pill bottle(s)
Yes   No

4. I don’t think that my medicine(s) are helping me
Yes   No

Make sure to talk to your healthcare provider if you answered “yes” to any of these questions. Visit our Medication Health Center for more information to help you stay on track with your medications!


1. Amaral P. The special case of compliance in the elderly. In: Gerber KE, Nehemkis AM (eds). Compliance: The Dilemma of the Chronically Ill. New York: Springer; 1986.

2. Ask your health care professionals. National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE) Website.

3. Tips to help you remember to take your blood pressure drugs. NIH Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Website.

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