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NEWS RELEASE: Older Ohioans offered free medicine review at participating pharmacies to help prevent falls

 U steadyOhio Center on Aging

 

 

 


John R. Kasich, Governor

Stephanie M. Loucka, Director

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sept. 15, 2016

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Older Ohioans offered free medicine review at participating pharmacies to help prevent falls

Medication interactions and side effects are large contributors to older adult falls 

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Columbus, Ohio – Certain types of medications and drug combinations can cause dizziness, drowsiness and confusion and could contribute to a life-changing fall in older adults. To help Ohioans understand and minimize this risk, the STEADY U Ohioinitiative and the Ohio Older Adult Falls Prevention Coalition have partnered with 36 local pharmacies and other community partners to provide free prescription consultations to commemorate National Falls Prevention Awareness Day on Sept. 22.

“One in three Ohioans over the age of 60 will experience a fall this year, and falls are the leading cause of emergency room visits, hospitalizations and deaths among our elders,” said Stephanie M. Loucka, director of the Ohio Department of Aging, which coordinates the STEADY U Ohio initiative and is a partner in the Older Adult Falls Prevention Coalition. “Prevention starts by understanding the risks, and we thank our pharmacy partners for having this crucial conversation with their customers to identify medicines and interactions that could be putting them at increased risk for falling.”

 

During the screenings, a pharmacist will review customers' medicine usage and identify those medicines and combinations most likely to cause falls. Customers will receive a list of their potentially problem medicines to take to their health care professional to discuss risk and appropriate treatment options.

Participating pharmacies include:

Pharmacy

Address

Date

Time

Discount Drug Mart

6160 Brecksville Rd.
Independence, OH 44131

Sept. 21

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Discount Drug Mart

5500 Wallings Rd.
North Royalton, OH 44133

Sept. 22

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Discount Drug Mart

8191 Columbia Rd.
Olmsted Falls, OH 44138

Sept. 22

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Discount Drug Mart

6476 York Rd.
Parma Heights, OH 44130

Sept. 21

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Kroger Pharmacy

919 E. State St.
Athens, OH 45701

Sept. 22

4 to 7 p.m.

Kroger Pharmacy

210 East Mary St.
Bucyrus, OH 44820

Sept. 22

4 to 7 p.m.

Kroger Pharmacy

1585 Georgesville Sq. Dr.
Columbus, OH 43228

Sept. 22

4 to 7 p.m.

Kroger Pharmacy

2474 Stringtown Rd.
Grove City, OH 43123

Sept. 22

4 to 7 p.m.

Kroger Pharmacy

910 Hebron Rd.
Heath, OH, 43056

Sept. 22

4 to 7 p.m.

Kroger Pharmacy

800 W. Coshocton St.
Johnstown, OH 43031

Sept. 22

4 to 7 p.m.

Kroger Pharmacy

1735 North Memorial Dr.
Lancaster, OH 43130

Sept. 22

4 to 7 p.m.

Kroger Pharmacy

1500 Lexington Ave.
Mansfield, OH 44907

Sept. 22

4 to 7 p.m.

Kroger Pharmacy

40 Acme St.
Marietta, OH 45750

Sept. 22

Call for appointment
740-374-2523

Kroger Pharmacy

610 Carrol St.
New Lexington, OH 43764

Sept. 22

4 to 7 p.m.

Kroger Pharmacy

245 Deo Dr.
Newark, OH, 43055

Sept. 22

4 to 7 p.m.

Kroger Pharmacy

264 S. Hollywood Blvd.
Steubenville, OH 43952

Sept. 22

4 to 7 p.m.

Kroger Pharmacy

1415 Byrne Rd.
Toledo, OH 43614

Sept. 22

4 to 7 p.m.

Kroger Pharmacy

3558 Main St.
Weirton, WV 26062

Sept. 22

4 to 7 p.m.

Kroger Pharmacy

91 27th St.
Wellsburg, WV 26070

Sept. 22

4 to 7 p.m.

Kroger Pharmacy

5991 Sunbury Rd.
Westerville, OH, 43081

Sept. 22

4 to 7 p.m.

Kroger Pharmacy

200 Mt. Dechantal Rd.
Wheeling, WV 26003

Sept. 22

4 to 7 p.m.

Kroger Pharmacy

858 Main St.
Wintersville, OH, 43953

Sept. 22

4 to 7 p.m.

Kroger Pharmacy

3387 Maple Ave.
Zanesville, OH 43701

Sept. 22

4 to 7 p.m.

Rite Aid Pharmacy

610 South Main St.
Ada, OH 45810

Sept. 22

8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Rite Aid Pharmacy

1045 Wheeling Ave.
Cambridge, OH 43725

Sept. 22

8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Rite Aid Pharmacy

3402 Clark Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44109

Sept. 22

8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Rite Aid Pharmacy

10090 Chester Ave.
Cleveland,OH 44106

Sept. 22

8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Rite Aid Pharmacy

1415 Bellefontaine Ave.
Lima, OH 45804

Sept. 22

8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Rite Aid Pharmacy

5455 Ridge Rd.
Parma, OH 44129

Sept. 22

8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Rite Aid Pharmacy

4402 Sunset Blvd.
Steubenville, OH 43952

Sept. 22

9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Rite Aid Pharmacy

735 North Water St.
Uhrichsville, OH 44683

Sept. 22

8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Rite Aid Pharmacy

27175 Center Ridge Rd.
Westlake, OH 44145

Sept. 22

9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Rite Aid Pharmacy

540 East Midlothian Blvd.
Youngstown, OH 44502

Sept. 22

9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Sidney Hometown Pharmacy

130 W. Russell Rd.
Sidney, OH 45365

Sept. 22

9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Walgreens Pharmacy

6901 Miami Ave.
Madeira, OH 45243

Sept. 22

9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Waynesville Pharmacy

415 S. Main St.
Waynesville, OH 45068

Sept. 22 & 23

1 to 4 p.m.

 

Mind your medicines to prevent falls:

§  Maintain a list of all the drugs you take. Include doses, frequency and prescribing doctor. Also include any over-the-counter medicines (pain relievers, antacids, cold medicines, etc.) or supplements you take. Bring the list with you to doctor's appointments and when you pick up prescriptions.

§  Read the label. If it says "may cause dizziness or drowsiness," or cautions against driving, ask about the best time to take it to avoid falls. Also ask about alternative treatments with less hazardous side effects.

§  Take your medicine exactly as prescribed. If you find it hard to stick to a medication schedule or if you have trouble telling medicines apart, your doctor may have some ideas to help. Similarly, ask your doctor to write detailed directions on how and when to take your medications.

§  Talk to your doctor about changes to your eating habits (such as a low-fat or high-calcium diet), as well as how much caffeine and alcohol you consume, as these can affect how your medicines work.

§  Ask your pharmacist about easier-to-read labels and instructions if you have trouble reading warnings or directions on your medicine containers.

§  Choose over-the-counter medications that only have the ingredients you need. Your pharmacist can help select the best medinines options for your symptoms.

In addition, STEADY U Ohio is asking all Ohioans to help take “10 Million Steps to Prevent Falls” by attending a local fitness walk or taking a walk in their own neighborhoods during September and posting a selfie to social media with the hashtags #PreventFalls and #10MStepsOH. Visit www.steadyu.ohio.govto learn more and find a walking event near you.

 – Falls are an epidemic among our elders and are the number one cause of injuries leading to ER visits, hospital stays and deaths in Ohioans age 65-plus. STEADY U Ohio is a comprehensive falls prevention initiative led by Governor John Kasich and the Ohio Department of Aging, and supported by Ohio government and state business partners to strengthen existing falls prevention activities, identify opportunities for new initiatives and coordinate a statewide educational campaign to bring falls prevention to the forefront of planning for individuals, families, health care providers, business and community leaders and all Ohioans. Visit www.steadyu.ohio.gov.