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Ohio Department of Aging Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sept. 15, 2016

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

Older Ohioans offered free medicine review at participating pharmacies to help prevent fallsCOLUMBUS - 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 Ohio initiative 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:

PharmacyAddressDateTime
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. 228 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Rite Aid Pharmacy 1045 Wheeling Ave.
Cambridge, OH 43725
Sept. 228 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Rite Aid Pharmacy 3402 Clark Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44109
Sept. 228 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Rite Aid Pharmacy 10090 Chester Ave.
Cleveland,OH 44106
Sept. 228 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Rite Aid Pharmacy 1415 Bellefontaine Ave.
Lima, OH 45804
Sept. 228 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Rite Aid Pharmacy 5455 Ridge Rd.
Parma, OH 44129
Sept. 228 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Rite Aid Pharmacy 4402 Sunset Blvd.
Steubenville, OH 43952
Sept. 229 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Rite Aid Pharmacy 735 North Water St.
Uhrichsville, OH 44683
Sept. 228 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Rite Aid Pharmacy 27175 Center Ridge Rd.
Westlake, OH 44145
Sept. 229 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Rite Aid Pharmacy 540 East Midlothian Blvd.
Youngstown, OH 44502
Sept. 229 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.gov to learn more and find a walking event near you.

About STEADY U Ohio - 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.

About ODA - The Ohio Department of Aging works to ensure that Ohio is on the leading edge of innovation in responding to the growing and changing aging population. We work with state agencies, area agencies on aging and other local partners to help integrate aging needs into local plans and ensure that aging Ohioans have access to a wide array of high-quality services and supports that are person-centered in policy and practice. Our programs include the PASSPORT Medicaid waiver, the long-term care ombudsman program, the Golden Buckeye Card and more. Visit www.aging.ohio.gov.

 

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