SOURCE: Kendal Northern Ohio

Kendal Northern Ohio

May 20, 2013 07:17 ET

Free Download From Kendal Northern Ohio Offers Tips to Help Older Adults Better Manage Medications

CLEVELAND, OH--(Marketwired - May 20, 2013) - Appropriate medication distribution and use can help older adults live longer, more active lives. However, medication mismanagement, whether due to undesirable drug interaction, miscommunication between doctors and patients, or noncompliance, lands many older adults in the hospital each year.

To help older adults better manage their medications, decreasing their chances of hospitalization due to medication mismanagement, Kendal Northern Ohio created "Tips for Better Medication Management: At the Doctor's Office, At the Pharmacy, and At Home." [http://www.kendalnorthernohio.org/medication-management]

Download a free copy of "Tips for Better Medication Management: At the Doctor's Office, At the Pharmacy, and At Home" at [http://www.kendalnorthernohio.org/medication-management].

"Oftentimes, an older adult is seeing four, five, or six physicians," Dave Zientarski, Kendal at Home director of care coordination, says. "It's impossible for [the physicians] to know all the medications you are taking without [the physicians] being physically there when you're taking them." Older adults must be prepared to take an active role in their medication treatment plan to help reduce their risk of medication mismanagement.

The download offers easy tips older adults can follow to get involved in their medication treatment. Also included in the download are:

  • Questions older adults should ask their doctor when prescribed a new medication
  • Questions older adults should ask pharmacists when filling prescriptions
  • Advice for better organizing and storing medications in the home

Kendal Northern Ohio is a part of The Kendal Corporation, a national leader in the field of aging, which provides services and communities for older adults in eight states and operates with Quaker principles and practices. Kendal Northern Ohio is a nonprofit organization committed to ensuring a range of choices and lifestyle preferences for older adults. Affiliates include a retirement community in Oberlin, Ohio; a virtual retirement community "without walls" within your own home; and home health care services in Lorain and western Cuyahoga counties.

Click here [http://www.kendalnorthernohio.org/medication-management] to download your free copy of "Tips for Better Medication Management: At the Doctor's Office, At the Pharmacy, and at Home."

About Kendal Northern Ohio
A part of The Kendal Corporation system, Kendal Northern Ohio strives to enrich the lives of older adults in Northeast Ohio and beyond by offering ongoing programs and services, including lifelong learning. Kendal Northern Ohio operates on Quaker principles and values and welcomes individuals of any religion, race, color, sexual orientation, and socio-economic background. Kendal Northern Ohio supports the programs and services provided by Kendal at Oberlin, Kendal at Home and Senior Independence. For more information, visit www.kendalnorthernohio.org.

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