All individuals should maintain an updated health history, however, this is especially important for seniors. Seniors have more health conditions, more emergencies and more routine doctor visits and certainly more hospital stays. Although an updated health history should be a priority, especially among seniors, it rarely is one.

A health history should contain many important pieces of information. Not only should your loved one hold onto this important information, but he or she should provide a copy for their close family members and their physicians. If your loved one is unable to create this document themselves, you should assist them in putting one together. A good health history document should include your loved one's name, age and gender. All of their medications should be listed with their correct name and dosage. Be sure to include all OTC medications, as well. List any allergies, all immunizations and previous surgeries. Do not forget to include all health conditions and any previous illnesses. Finally, add in any additional information that you can think of, such as travel outside the United States.

A good well-written health history that is distributed among the proper individuals has many benefits. Most important, it will help your senior maintain a sense of independence when it comes to their health. In addition, there will be less guess work, fewer adverse drug effects and interactions, and overall better care. Take the time to help your senior create an updated health history and do not forget to create one for yourself as well.

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