Lyn: Adjusting to multiple medicines – Positive outcomes that help people adjust

Listen to patients and health professionals speak about their experience with taking multiple medicines.

Age at interview: 67
Number of medicines: 1
Cultural background: British-Australian

Lyn has been able to maintain an active social life and increase her voluntary work because of her medicines.

I wouldn't be able to do what I do without my medication. I know that. It gives me the ability to go out and do my talks for COTA, they haven't affected my brain to the effect that I can't do something a bit more meaningful. I was looking to get more involved in health issues for older people and I spoke to COTA about it and then they've now made me a consumer advocate, so I'm going to be sitting on a couple of councils, to see how I go. 

These are my training wheels ones. My first meeting is next Monday, so I'm quite excited about that. My brain isn't at all to the fact that I can't cope with those sorts of things. I can read documents that are quite wordy and understand them and that was the thing that I was afraid of, that it may affect me to the effect that I couldn't cope mentally with some task that I wanted to do and I'm very happy that my talks with COTA have shown me that I've got the ability to do that, because I write my own sessions after a plan and, depending on which group I'm talking to, I change those sessions around and I'm able to do that with no difficulty whatsoever and I'm really looking forward to taking on a bit more mental work, something that's got to make me think more clearly and these medications haven't stopped me from doing that.

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The Living with multiple medicines project was developed in collaboration with Healthtalk Australia.