Nurses present medication safety

Wilton’s Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County will offer a free program for older adults on the safe and appropriate use of medications on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 12:45 p.m., at Ogden House, 100 River Road.

The program, called MUST (Medication Use Safety Training), will teach participants to understand their medications, and the possible side effects associated with them, and learn how to manage them safely, thus helping reduce the risk of harm.

“Advances in drug therapies, coupled with healthy lifestyle choices, can help older adults lead longer and more active lives,” said Elaine Abrams, RN, the agency’s community health coordinator. “When used appropriately, prescription and over-the-counter medicines can enhance the quality of life for older adults. All medications have risks, however, especially for older adults who are more likely to experience serious adverse drug events which can result in unnecessary hospitalizations.

“To complicate matters,” Ms. Abrams added, “older adults often have more than one prescribing healthcare provider and they tend to use more than one pharmacy. This makes it more difficult to track medications and identify potential problems.”

MUST is an educational campaign developed by the National Council on Patient Information and Education, a nonprofit coalition working to improve safe, appropriate use of medicines.

For information, call Lizabeth Doty at Wilton Senior Center at 203-834-6240.