Medication-related problems: Managing your risk


By Terrie Litwin

Rancho Santa Fe Senior Center executive director

Older adults, as a group, have more health conditions that require medication management. The average person over age 65 uses 4.5 prescription medications and two over-the-counter medications at any given time. Medication therapy in seniors presents multiple challenges. Adverse drug effects are frequently the source of problems commonly associated with aging such as confusion, impaired motor function, and depression.

Good medication management in the senior population involves identifying and resolving adverse medication events instead of treating them with additional medications. During this presentation, you will learn from a certified Geriatric Pharmacist and a certified Geriatric Care Manager about what you can do to minimize your risk of medication related problems and how you can assist a loved one who is having difficulty safely managing their medications at home. On Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 2 p.m., Amy Abrams, MSW/MPH, CMC, and Stephanie Matinpour, PharmD, CGP, will present “Medication-related problems: Managing your risk.” Bring your medications with you and remain after the talk to speak with a pharmacist about your specific medication-related questions!

New watercolor class at the RSF Senior Center

Instructed by local artist Pat Beck, the seven-week session begins at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 21. There is no charge for the class; students are responsible for their own supplies. Call to register at (858) 756-3041.