Managing your medications can become an issue as we age. Here are six tips to keep in mind:
1. Be informed about all the medications you’re taking. Share your list of prescriptions and over the counter drugs with your doctor and pharmacist. Have them reviewed for potential drug interactions.
2. Use one pharmacy and talk to your pharmacist often. Your pharmacist is a great resource. He or she can help you keep track of your medications and check for drug interactions among them.
3. Understand and pay attention to possible side effects. Some medications can cause troublesome side effects, especially in older adults. Examples include dizziness and drowsiness that could lead to a fall; stomach upset, diarrhea, or constipation; blurred vision; dry mouth; and fatigue/lack of energy. Know what to expect, how long the side effects may last, what to do when they occur, and when to contact your doctor. In some cases, your doctor may tell you to stop taking the medication, but never stop taking a medication without first speaking to your doctor.
4. Store your medicines safely. Medications should be stored in a cool, dry, dark location. Humidity in the bathroom can alter a medication’s effectiveness. Keep medicines where you’re likely to see them every day, and link taking them with other daily activities like eating or brushing your teeth.
5. Take your medication as prescribed. Medication adherence, as prescribed by your doctor, is important for good health. Make sure you understand how to take each of your medications safely.
6. Find help paying for medicine. Managing medications can be difficult when the cost of your drugs is high. If you’re having trouble paying for your prescriptions, call the Senior Center for an appointment and inquire about some cost saving measures.
Need a tax appointment?
Income tax preparation service is provided by certified Finney County RSVP volunteers. RSVP is an agency located in the Senior Center of Finney County building. They have their own offices, staff, services and phone number. Call 275-5566 for an income tax appointment.
Meals on Wheels
A few openings are available for Meals on Wheels customers. If you are homebound, unable to cook for yourself or eat out, call Patti at the senior center at 272-3620. A physician’s order is required. Meals are provided by St. Catherine Hospital. Meals are $3.60 each with scholarships available.
Are you interested in helping with Meals on Wheels? Substitute drivers are always needed. If you would like to help, call Patti at 272-3620.
Senior center weekly activities
Thursday: Tops, 8:30 a.m.; Skip Bo, 1 p.m.; Bridge, 1:15 p.m.; Exercise, 4 p.m.; PIYO/Yoga, 6 p.m.
Friday: Line dancing, 8:30 a.m.; nurse, 10:30 a.m.; Enhance Fitness, 1 p.m.; Qwirkle, 1 p.m.; bridge, 1:15 p.m.
Saturday: The pool room is open from 1 to 4 p.m.
Sunday: Duplicate bridge, 2 p.m.
Monday: Double Pinochle, 12:30 p.m.; Gentle Exercise, 12:30 p.m.; Enhance Fitness, 1 p.m.; Zumba, 6 p.m.; Duplicate Bridge, 7 p.m.
Tuesday: Men’s Coffee, 10:30 a.m.; Pitch, 12:30 p.m.; Medicare Help, 1 to 4 p.m. (by appointment only); Bridge, 1:15 p.m.; Exercise, 4 p.m.; PIYO/Yoga, 6 p.m.
Jan. 16: Line dancing, 8:30 a.m.; Completely Unraveled, 9:30 a.m.; Enhance Fitness, 11 a.m.; Library, 11:30 a.m.; Pinochle, 12:30 p.m.; Gentle Exercise, 12:30 p.m.; I-Phone, I-Pad & Tablet Help, 2:30 p.m.; Dance with Ortiz Band, 7:30 p.m. ($5 donation per person).
Thursday: Ham and potato casserole, green beans almondine, fruit
Friday: Beef and noodles, broccoli, corn muffin, fruit
Monday: Swedish meatballs over rice, cauliflower, chocolate cake
Tuesday: Tater tot casserole, mixed vegetables, fruit
Jan. 16: Homemade meatloaf, baked potato, sour cream, lima beans, fruit
Patti Thummell is the Meals on Wheels director/activities director at the Senior Center of Finney County.