AAACAP takes medication screenings back on the road
The Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area, a CAPCOG division, relaunched medications screenings for older adults at community events, such as health fairs, allowing the program to reach more residents closer to home. The screenings review medications and supplements older adults are taking to decrease the possibility of adverse effects or events related to a combination of medications. The program has attended events in Hutto and Leander and is scheduled to visit one in Burnet later this month.
Adverse drug events, such as allergic reactions and overdoses, are a public health issue causing more than 1.3 million ER visits in the U.S. each year with people 65 years or older being twice as likely to visit the ER than younger cohorts. Medication screenings can prevent such visits and empower older adults to be their own advocates with doctors and pharmacist. AAACAP halted screenings at community events due to the COVID-19 pandemic but since July has provided about 50 screenings during community events.
Medication screenings are available to people who are 60 or older, live in the ten-county region, and are taking multiple medications. Individuals can call 512-916-6062 to request a screening.
Event organizers can contact Melissa Crawford, CAPCOG care coordinator program manager, about scheduling.
Learn More about Medication Screening.