Senior Solutions: HomeMeds offers free review of meds

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Have you been collecting old medications for those "just in case" moments? We all know that is not a good idea. But we often still don't remember to dispose of them.

They get outdated and can very often conflict with current prescriptions. Another problem can occur when we visit various medical specialists who all prescribe some medications for one problem or another. Do you know if these multiple pills are interfering with each other or causing harmful side effects? Who would know?

So, there is a new free service available through Senior Solutions called HomeMeds. Many times older adults exhibit symptoms like losing their balance and falling, dizziness, confusion and heart issues which may be caused by medication interactions. Because of this the HomeMeds program offers a free review of all your medications by a pharmacist. If you are a Senior Solutions Client or are 60 years or older you can call the Help Line at 1-800-642-5119 and request this review.

One of our staff members will visit you at home and help prepare a list of all your medications. This also includes over-the-counter drugs and any supplements you may be taking.

This list will be reviewed by a pharmacist. If any problems are identified the pharmacist will work with you and your doctors to make sure you are taking only the medications that are right for you.

Most doctors don't have the time or resources to know what other doctors have prescribed for you. This program is an important safety check that you will want to take advantage of.

Let's talk about nutrition. Winter is a time when we need to keep our immunity strength intact. If you can get out, please join the local congregate meal site for a hot lunch. Anyone 60 or older is invited and the donation is optional. You may also enjoy the social aspects of having lunch with others.

Many times fruits and vegetables are purchased but not consumed. Whether because they seem boring or just too much trouble to include in our diets, we need them to complete our healthy diets.

An easy way to make sure we eat these vitamin-packed items is to prepare a soup. Soups are good at any time of day.

They are easy to prepare and can be enjoyed for several days by refrigerating and re-heating them. You can make your own combinations depending on your taste. Make the soup with a meat base or keep it vegetarian.

Here is a delicious and hearty example:

Vegetable Beef Soup

Ingredients

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1 lb. ground beef (Brown in a pan about 8-10 min. and break up clumps)

tsp. salt if needed (add this and all the other ingredients, cover and simmer 10-12 minutes.)

tsp pepper

2 cups water

14 oz. beef broth (canned or Box)

1 can great northern beans undrained

1 can diced tomatoes undrained

1 cup small pasta uncooked

2 cups broccoli florets (or other green vegetable)

Optional parmesan cheese grated

Adjust salt and pepper to taste.

Enjoy and be creative with fresh, frozen and canned vegetable combinations.

Dress warmly this week. With the weather hovering in the 20's you will want to wear a hat and gloves when going outside. Watch for ice on steps and sidewalks. Then when you get back inside, heat up a nice bowl of steaming soup. Add a slice of bread and get comfortable!

Joann Erenhouse, Esq., is the community relations director for Senior Solutions.


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