Whilst most of us know April 1st as April Fools Day, NSW Health has allocated this day as April “Falls” Day.
The theme for this year is “Medicate Right to stay upright”, and Mudgee and Gulgong Health Services are partnering with local pharmacies to encourage people over the age of 65 to do have their medications checked for potential fall risks.
“Falls become more common as we age, and can cause serious injury which can threaten our independence,” said Jodie McAlpine, Co-Manager of Physiotherapy Services in Mudgee and Gulgong and Chair of the Gulgong/Mudgee Falls Committee.
“April Falls Day is a time to stop and think about how we can help to reduce our risk of falling and one way to do this is to be aware of what medications we are taking,” she said.
Sleeping tablets, pain killers, fluid tablets, high blood pressure medication and some mood disorder medications can increase the risk of falling.
“These medications may cause unwanted side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, poor balance, increased toileting and changes to eyesight,” Ms McAlpine said.
To promote April Falls Day, during April people over the age of 65 who are on multiple medications are encouraged to pop in and undergo a 15 minute Meds Check with their pharmacist. This will help identify any problems people may be experiencing with medications and provide education about medication use.
For more information please contact your local pharmacist.
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