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The National Council on Aging and CVS/pharmacy Educate Georgia Seniors about Medication Management and Ways to Save Money on Prescription Drugs
Date:5/12/2009

Pack Your Bag(TM) Events Bring Educational Outreach to Senior Centers

Throughout Georgia to Mark Older Americans Month

ATLANTA, May 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Eight out of ten older Americans have at least one chronic health problem, such as high blood pressure or diabetes. According to CVS/pharmacy, fifty percent of Medicare Part D participants take an average of eight or more prescriptions regularly. With increased use of medications, both prescription and over-the-counter treatments, comes increased risk of adverse drug interactions and increased costs.

To address this important issue, the National Council on Aging (NCOA) and CVS/pharmacy are bringing the Pack Your Bag(TM) medication consultation program to the Atlanta region. The program encourages seniors to pack a bag with medications they use, including prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, and dietary supplements such as vitamins for a comprehensive review in one-on-one consultations with a local CVS pharmacist. The program also includes a presentation by the pharmacist on improving health through medication compliance and advice on identifying ways to save money on medications.

A Pack Your Bag program is being held today at the Lou Walker Senior Center in Lithonia and will provide over 100 seniors with one-on-one medication consultations with CVS pharmacists. This event is just one of many Pack Your Bag events that will be taking place throughout Georgia in the coming months.

"The Lou Walker Senior Center has been participating in the Pack Your Bag program since its inception in 2008," said Darryl Blackwell, Project Monitor at the Lou Walker Senior Center. "Medication management is an important aspect of healthy aging. The Pack Your Bag program allows us to provide an important educational service to the seniors in our community."

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