This Sunday, Senior PharmAssist will debut a new monthly column in The Herald-Sun. We will use this space—on the third Sunday of each month—to address a wide range of issues and promise to offer practical information and thoughtful reflections on public policy. Our first column on medication safety and “deprescribing” is already available online. Please check it out and be sure to click on the box under More Information to see links to other helpful websites that address questions related to medication safety for older adults.
Geriatric care and Deprescribing: Sometimes the potential benefits of a medication do not outweigh the risks. Older adults, in particular, must be informed consumers because some commonly prescribed drugs can be potentially inappropriate. This is where “deprescribing” comes into play. Dr. Laura Hanson, director of the Palliative Care Program at UNC-Chapel Hill and a Senior PharmAssist board member, and Dr. Mitch Heflin, senior fellow in the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development at Duke who is working with us on the Duke Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP), will discuss this important topic this weekend on The People’s Pharmacy. The People’s Pharmacy, hosted by Joe and Terry Graedon, is heard locally on WUNC 91.5 at 7 a.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday.
One of the most frequent – and often urgent – requests for help we hear from seniors is for dental care. Senior PharmAssist is working with others via the Partnership for a Healthy Durham’s Access to Care Committee to improve access to oral/dental health. Read our latest Facebook post to understand why this widespread problem needs to be addressed.