Interactive Jeopardy Game Informs Seniors on Falls Risk Factors

Jazmin Turner, PharmD, BCGP

Assistant Professor, Notre Dame of Maryland University School of Pharmacy

A decorative throw rug, comfortable slippers, and a medicine cabinet filled with pills – these are common items for many seniors, but they could spell a recipe for dangerous fall. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately one in four older adults suffers a fall annually and falls are the leading cause of injury in this population. Many classes of medications have been linked to falls, making pharmacists the ideal health care professionals to intervene and enhance patient safety.

Armed with this knowledge, the Maryland chapter’s Community Outreach Committee, in collaboration with the Peter Lamy Center on Drug Therapy and Aging, visited Atrium Village, a retirement community that offers options from independent living to skilled nursing. Committee members along with students from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy’s student chapter, led an interactive jeopardy game that discussed fall risk increasing drugs, risk factors, and ways to prevent falls. They provided informational brochures from the CDC and Fall Prevention Center of Excellence as well a customized crossword puzzle that reviewed key concepts from the game. Twenty-one seniors attended the event, which concluded with a robust question and answer session, raffle prizes, and light refreshments.

The event attendees said that the game provided very helpful information and some even shared their own personal stories about loved ones that experienced falls and subsequent health complications. One participant remarked, “This information will be very useful to the people that live here.” The Community Outreach Committee plans to continue offering these types of educational programs in the future and looks forward to making an impact on the senior community.

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