Three years ago 85 year old Betty Wallwort was on a long list of medications, some to help her heal from her cataract operation, another to ease the pain of an earache and others to treat a swollen ankle and others to help to get rid of a lingering chest cold. The normally sharp Canadian senior found herself confused and agitated.
* on a long list of medications=たくさんの薬を服用している heal from=~回復する cataract=白内障 ease=和らぐ swollen=腫れのある get rid of=~を処分する lingering=長引く sharp=頭の冴える

現在85歳になるBetty Wallworkさんは三年前、たくさんの薬を服用していました。それは、白内障手術後の回復を助ける薬や、耳の痛みを和らげるための薬、足のむくみを治すものや、長引く風邪に処方された薬でした。普段は頭の切れがいいカナダ人シニア(のWallworkさん)は混乱し、イライラしていました。

"I think I was so sick I didn't know I was sick. I think I was acting like an absolute idiot. I can remember it, when I was losing my temper, I was walking around the house in a daze, I was absolutely……I was saying stupid things to people."
*absolute=完全に idiot=馬鹿 losing my temper=短気を起こす daze= ぼうっとする


Her doctor gave her an Alzheimer's tests and when she failed it took her away driver's licence. Wall work said she left that office angry, confused and tears.


"From then I thought OK, I'm just gonna prove that there is nothing wrong with me, and I set right out to do it. I went into internet, I looked up every drug I'd taken."
*prove=証明するset right out=直ちに取り掛かる look up=調べる


With the help of another doctor Wolworth found out it wasn't Alzheimer's at all but dementia brought on by a bad mix of medications. It's not uncommon, experts are finding the wrong mix can cause unexpected cognitive side effects including memory loss, confusion and aggression.
*dementia=痴呆 unexpected=予期していない aggression=攻撃性


This kind of dementia can be reversed if the medications are adjusted.
* reverse= 元に戻る


"It's really easy for like I said for the, for the health care system to prescribe and prescribe and there aren't enough, umm, there aren't enough checks and balances in the health system to, to avoid, ahh, to avoid problems, especially with older people."
*checks and balances=抑制と均衡


Go Public found while most provinces do have drug monitoring systems, many are limited in scope. For example, there are limits on who and what drugs are monitored and records are often not shared between pharmacies, so if prescriptions are filled at different locations, no alert is issued.


The Canadian Pharmacist's Association wants to see Provincial Governments improve monitoring programs to enhance patient safety. Rosa Marcatelli, CBC News, Calgary.