Program offered to help reduce fall risk for seniors

May 28th, 2010    Author: Staff Report    Filed Under: Community

The Clermont County General Health District Senior Safety Program, in collaboration with six Clermont County independent pharmacies, are participating in an innovative medication review project that will educate seniors about how certain medicines may increase their risk of falling. 

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, falling is the leading cause of unintentional injury at home among citizens 65 and older. 

Older people sustain such injuries by stumbling on stairs, slipping in bathtubs, falling off ladders and step stools, tripping over garden hoses, dog leashes, and household appliance cords.

A recent Canadian study found that some prescription medicines contribute to falls.

The Senior Safety Program strives to reduce the number of Clermont County seniors who fall through outreach, education, and prevention.

"The medication review program is being offered at Berry Pharmacy, Fitzgerald's Pharmacy, Milford Pharmacy, Pillbox Pharmacy, Pohlman Pharmacy, and York Discount Drugs. Medication education materials will be available to seniors who are prescribed medicines that could contribute to their risk of falling," said Senior Safety Program Coordinator Denise Franer. "Seniors will also be given a coupon for a free safety item that can be redeemed at one of the participating pharmacies."

For more information about reducing the risk of falls or the medication project, call Denise Franer RN at (513) 735-8421.
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