For many people, the older we get the more
pills we have to take, but as the numbers
multiply, taking the right pills at the right
time can be cumbersome. In fact, it is estimated
that nine out of every ten outpatients take
prescribed medicines improperly, which contributes
to prolonged or additional illness.
A pill reminder is a cheap investment for
your good health. The latest pill reminders
and organizers are electronic gadgets that
allow us to sort pills into little bins,
remind us when it is time to take the pills
in each bin, and relieve us from having to
remember if we took them or not. Organizer
capacity can be for a day, a week, or a month.
What to Look For in a Pill Reminder
Most pill reminders fall into
a sliding cover or a wheel-shaped
holder. Most have the alarm built
cover, but standalone timers
are also made
for you to use with your own
pill box. While
most integrated units are plastic,
offerings can be quite stylish,
single-pill models being designed
When shopping for a pill reminder,
- Look for a pill reminder that has opaque
or dark plastic if your medication would
be ruined by exposure to sunlight and that
keeps out moisture..
- You should be able to set the reminder to
notify you several times a day, a necessary
feature if you need to take pills every four
to six hours.
- Look for large readouts and large buttons
that make them easy to use at night or if
you have trouble with small buttons.
- If you are concerned about beeps disturbing
those around you at the theater, some models
can be set to vibrate like to a pager or
- Some models have a voice that tells you it
is time for your pills, but unless you can
program the voice to tell you specific instructions,
any kind of audible alarm will do.