The Senior Medication Safety Program, funded in part by a generous grant from the St. David’s Foundation, helps adults 60 and older and elder caregivers reduce the risk of negative medication interactions, reactions and related problems. The Area Agency on Aging partners with selected pharmacists, who review participants’ medications, supplements and vitamins and provide a written report on when and how to take the products or what special precautions to consider. Consumers can additionally opt for a phone consultation. The free program requires just a short survey before and after the screening. Why does it matter? Medication errors can cause serious health problems and billions in hospital and long-term care costs. Though preventable, they’re frequent and account for an estimated 7,000 deaths a year. AAA’s Medication Screening Program, also available for caregivers of older adults, not only reviews medications for potential actions but additionally offers the following:
- Review of costs to determine whether less expensive options exist.
- Review of medication effectiveness.
- Review of safety precautions.
Read the Medication Screening Info Sheet.
Schedule a screening today by calling 512-916-6062, or download the medication screening application and submit it by mail to the Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area, 6800 Burleson Road, Building 310, Suite 165, Austin, TX 78744.