Pam Rainey / Senior Connections

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Time to tidy up medicine cabinet

As we age, we gather a lot of clutter around us. Sometimes, it is important to sort, organize or toss our belongings.

Perhaps you are feeling a need to organize, to declutter.

A good place to start is your medicine cabinet. If you visit multiple doctors and take multiple prescriptions and supplements, these drugs could be counteracting each other. Sometimes, one medicine will suppress the effects of another. In the worst-case scenarios, mixing medications can be dangerous — even when innocently prescribed by two different doctors.

Not to worry, though. The Denton Foundation for Health Education has planned the free “Pop a Pill” program from 4 to 6 p.m. July 9 at the Woman’s Club Building, 610 Oakland St.

The foundation, whose goal is to provide the community with health care education, has scholarships available for students going into the medical field. Students must be sophomores in high school or older to be eligible for these scholarships.

The program is of special interest to Denton’s senior citizen population, especially when you consider that seniors tend to have more afflictions and ailments than their children and grandchildren, and are prescribed more medication more often than younger patients.

Attendees are asked to bring all prescription and non-prescription medication with them to the July 9 meeting. Pharmacists Bill Neu, Tom Faught and Tommy Axtell will review these medications, and if they see a potential problem with mixing some drugs, they will suggest the patient talk to their physicians about these drugs being taken together.

Seniors might also consider keeping a current list of the prescription medications and supplements they are taking, so they can give updated copies to each caregiver when signing in for doctor’s appointments.

To make reservations or for more information about “Pop a Pill,” call 940-382-2367. To learn more about the Denton Foundation for Health Education, call Glenda McCormick at 940-736-1591.

PAM RAINEY is a longtime Denton resident and a real estate agent who has helped many seniors make decisions about living arrangements. You can reach her with suggestions at rpmrny@cs.com or 940-367-1188.

 


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