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Taking Your Medicines Safely

June 18, 2012

Taking Your Medicines Safely (TYMS), is a train-the-trainer program to educate older adults about medication safety and the toll-free Poison Help line (1-800-222-1222). Poisoning can happen to anyone; in fact, older adults are especially at risk for poisonings involving medications. Each year, there are nearly 100,000 emergency hospitalizations in the U.S among adults aged 65 years or older due to adverse drug events.

Learn how to implement the TYMS program for older adults in your senior center, library, community center, or church.  Medication safety topics include: 

  1. Potential problems with taking prescription medicines or over-the-counter products.
  2. Ways to keep track of medicines and prevent medication mistakes.
  3. Questions older adults should ask about their medicine.
  4. The free and confidential services provided by the nation’s poison centers.

The TYMS program was developed by the Health Resources and Services Administration in partnership with the Administration on Aging and the Public Education Committee of the American Association of Poison Control Centers.

Participants can find the TYMS materials (leader guide, participant guide, flyer, medicine safety review quiz) on the Poison Help website.

Presenters: Rebeca Sanchez-Barrett from the Health Resources and Services Administration Poison Control Program and Kristin Wenger, Public Health Educator from the Blue Ridge Poison Center in Charlottesville, VA. 

This webinar is part of a series given by the Center for Healthy Aging and partners as part of the Recovery Act Chronic Disease Self Management Program grant.

Watch the recording now, or click below to download just the PowerPoint slides used in the webinar.



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