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New AARP Initiative Encourages Community Members to Help Others Better Manage Their Prescriptions
Date:3/12/2009

Rx Snapshot tracks drugs and helps older Americans talk with their health care professionals about managing their meds

WASHINGTON, March 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AARP today released Rx Snapshot, a free, online tool that anyone can use to help older family members, friends or neighbors manage their medications safely and effectively.

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The need is clear: 65 percent of Americans over 65 are using one or more inappropriate medications, and 57 percent are taking medications that are ineffective, duplicative or unneeded (1).

An initiative of Create the Good, a network of independent volunteers active in neighborhoods across the country, Rx Snapshot is an easy way to help older Americans record the medications they are taking and talk with their health care professional about how they might better manage their meds. The free resource is available at www.AARP.org/CreateTheGood.

"Using prescriptions wisely and effectively is incredibly important to help people of all ages who take medications stay well," said Jennie Chin Hansen, RN and AARP president. "Prescription drug costs are soaring and nearly a quarter of all older Americans skip doses of medicine because of the cost. Helping a loved one or a neighbor complete their Rx Snapshot gives them the opportunity to talk with their health care professional about what they're taking, which can minimize risk of negative interactions and maybe even save them a little money."

AARP is encouraging people to visit www.AARP.org/CreateTheGood to download the Rx Snapshot and either call older relatives and loved ones or organize a
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