Tuesday 30th June marked the close of the first of the Stay On Your Feet® Move Improve Remove campaigns. Check Your Medicines was an Improve Your Health campaign with an aim of reducing the risk of falls for older adults through improved management of medicines.
As people age, they frequently need to manage many health conditions which requires multiple medications. Assessment of the risks and benefits of medication is very important, especially as a person ages because:
- All medicines can cause side effects and these can increase the more you take;
- Long term use of medicines, such as sleeping pills, can increase health risks and the risk of falls.
The Check You Medicines call to action for older adults is:
- To ensure you are getting the best out of your medicines keep an up-to-date list of your medicines and arrange to get these medicines checked by your doctor and your pharmacist.
Thank you to everyone involved in the Check your Medicines campaign. It is great to hear about your activities, so please keep sending your photographs to firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us what you have been doing to promote ‘Check Your Medicines’ to your staff and local community. The Stay On Your Feet® team also welcome your feedback on the campaign including the new resources and the website.
Stay On Your Feet® encourages the continued promotion of the safe use of medicines to reduce older adult’s risk of falling. All Check Your Medicines campaign resources and information are still available on the Stay On Your Feet® website via the online ordering system. These include the Check Your Medicines Brochure and Medicines Bag which are designed to encourage older adults to get the best out of their medicines and to help them discuss with their pharmacist and/or doctor whether they would benefit from a review of their medicines.
The Check Your Medicines Briefing and Falls Educator Toolkit are also still available and remain great resources to get you started in promoting the safe use of medicines to community members and staff.
The Check You Medicines forum proved a valuable learning experience with four memorable presentations by Dr. John McLachlan, Deirdre Criddle, Dr. Pradeep Jayasuriya and Dr. Kate Ingram covering diverse aspects of this wide topic area. Armed with increased awareness of medicine-related risk factors and the effective strategies to address them, some attendees have already begun putting their new knowledge and skills into practice. If you didn’t manage to attend, watch this space for the release of the video of the successful Check Your Medicines forum.
Congratulations to the three organisations who were awarded Check Your Medicines grants of $5000 to deliver medicine-related falls prevention initiatives to older adults in their community. Find out about their activities in the next eNews.
Thanks again to all health professionals and community members who have supported the Stay On Your Feet ® Check Your Medicines campaign. The next Stay On Your Feet® Move Improve Remove campaign launches in September so watch this space for more information about the Move Your Body campaign to Build Your Balance.