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Press Release: Older Americans Month

Tuesday, May 1, 2018  

ASCP Recognizes Older Americans Month

Alexandria, VA – This May kicks off a nationwide recognition of Older Americans Month, with this year’s theme being “Engage at Every Age,” encouraging everyone, regardless of age, to take steps to improve one’s wellbeing. The American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) will be observing Older Americans Month with a number of exciting new tools available to help older adults become more engaged with their health.

ASCP’s new Senior Care Pharmacist Directory, launched April 30, makes it easier to identify pharmacists who can help older adults manage their medications and overall health. The directory consolidates senior care pharmacist contact information and certifications/services into one online phone book, allowing consumers to easily search for information on pharmacists in their state. Older adults, caregivers, and even health care team members will be able to use the directory to identify senior care pharmacists they can contact with concerns regarding medications, including how to appropriately use medications safely and effectively. You can access the directory at HelpWithMyMeds.org.

Recognizing that not everyone is familiar with the variety of services senior care pharmacists offer, ASCP has developed a series of informational handouts and videos for anyone wishing to learn more about senior care pharmacists. The fact sheets address several questions such as what a senior care pharmacist is, what common terms used by senior care pharmacist are, how a senior care pharmacist can serve as a patient's advocate, and how home visits can help. These educational materials are free for all to use and can be found at HelpWithMyMeds.org.

With those tools, ASCP aims to help older adults become more empowered to make decisions regarding their health care, and to learn what pharmacists can bring to their health care team. Being engaged in one’s health is one way that older adults can improve their overall wellbeing. In fact, there are numerous ways that older adults can be engaged in their lives—physically, mentally, and emotionally—and older adults are encouraged to explore those ways throughout the month.

Older Americans Month is led by the Administration on Aging, part of the Administration for Community Living. For more information on activities and ways you can become engaged, go to the official Older Americans Month website at https://oam.acl.gov/.

The American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) is the only international professional society devoted to optimal medication management and improved health outcomes for all older adults. ASCP's members manage and improve drug therapy and improve the quality of life of geriatric patients and other individuals residing in a variety of environments, including nursing facilities, sub-acute care and assisted living facilities, psychiatric hospitals, hospice programs, and home and community-based care. ASCP is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of CPE. Learn more at www.ascp.com. Press Contact: Christine Polite, 703-739-1300, ext. 134, cpolite@ascp.com.


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