Return to Class over 2 years, a fellow commenter said... With my mother-in-law (who has developed Alzheimer), we have been using an "automated telephone-based medication reminder" service called Memo24 (www.memo24.net). It's simple and one of the cheapest on the market, and so far (after 8 months of using it) my wife and I are very satisfied with it. I recommend :-). over 2 years, a fellow commenter said... great article over 5 years, diane dp said... I've got 4 pills I *must* take in the morning, and 5 I have to take at bedtime, but most of my other medication is "as needed". I use 3 separate 4-week pill boxes: One holds my "before-I-really-wake-up pills". One holds my "nighttime pills". One holds all the other prescriptions I use during the day. Doing it this way, I stay on the same day (1st row, Monday) for 28 days without refills, and help me keep the date right, it also keeps me from mixing up my painkillers with my Ritalin or my birth control pills. about 6 years, Denver Smith said... This article may just be a life-saver for my parents! I am going to purchase and program a vibrating reminder watch for each of them! Thank you so much for sharing this! lower blood pressure about 6 years, DukeToLuke said... I love the idea of alarm pillboxes. I take quite a few prescriptions myself, as I have SJogren's, RA, and Lupus. I also keep 4 grandchildren and a hubby in early stages of Alzheimers. I am usually like a spinning top, and while getting everyone else fed, dressed, bathed, noses wiped, homework done, driving to and from school, lessons, etc., I forget my meds OFTEN, as in everyday. Sometimes I just take them all before I go to bed to ensure I get them all down! But ideally I am to space them. If I had a BELL, maybe I would take them on time. Of course, that involves remembering to SET the alarm! LOL! Thank you for all the good ideas and tips I find here! almost 7 years, JimReynolds said... Good to see Laurie's post; I was going to recommend her blog. Also you should consider how this product and other technology fit into the overall care program. I wrote a white paper on this topic posted at http://info.caringcompanion.net/secrets-to-successful-elder-care/ about 7 years, gadjett said... I use a week med container (with 4 spots per day) Mom & I only take meds twice a day, so I use the AM for our morning pills (mine are non-presc), and the noon spot for our PM pills. That way I can use the afternoon spot for the AM pills of the following week (same day) and the evening spot for the 2nd week evening pills. Only have to fill it every 2 weeks, and keep it in the kitchen near where I prepare mills. Taking my pills at the same time helps mom to realize what to do with hers.She is in early stage severe Alzheimers. about 7 years, gadjett said... I use a 2 week dispenser case. Mom & I only take meds in the am and pm, so i put both our pils for the am in that case and the pm for the same day in the noon spot. then in the evening spot are the am pills for the next week on that day - etc., thus i get 2 weeks ready at the same time. My meeds are non-prescription, so easy to distinguish- and it helps mom to take hers if she sees me taking mine. about 7 years, Shelley Webb RN said... One very simple way of helping your elder with medication management (but which, again, is not useful for advanced stages of dementia) is to have the pharmacist place the medications in pill packs. These are punch out cards (akin to the way Prilosec is packaged) that can be divided into specific times (8-4-12-8) or into morning, afternoon, evening. That way, if a med is still in it's packaged spot, the elder will know that they haven't taken it yet. about 7 years, eswarner said... These products, while all helpful and not good to use for people with dementia beyond the early stages. For those people the Medready Medication dispenser is highly recommended.