Better understanding leads to better health for seniors

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by Campbelltown City Council
21/06/2011

Campbelltown City Council will host a free Healthy Ageing talk next week, aiming to help seniors to better understand and manage medicines, as well as feel more confident talking to health professionals.

From 12pm on Thursday 23 June, the Council of the Ageing (COTA), in partnership with NPS Better Choices – Better Health and Campbelltown City Council, will share information from its peer education program, which focuses on the quality use of medicines.

Mayor of Campbelltown, Cr Paul Lake, said the one-hour session complemented Council’s ongoing program to provide local seniors with accessible and comprehensive advice.

“The Healthy Ageing talk will assist seniors in becoming more active in managing their medicines for a healthy lifestyle,” Cr Lake said.

“It is also an opportunity to socialise and to learn more about relevant health issues.”

Around 140,000 visits to hospital each year are medicine-related, many due to a lack of information about the quality use of medicines.

The Healthy Ageing talk will cover the benefits and risks of medicines, the active ingredients in medicines, how to manage and keep up to date with medicines, lifestyle changes that may help improve seniors’ health and wellbeing, and how to find reliable information about health and medicines.

It will also focus on how to talk openly about health and medicines with doctors, pharmacists and health professionals.

The Healthy Ageing talk will be held from 12pm until 1pm at the HJ Daley Library, Hurley Street, Campbelltown. Light refreshments will be served and a range of seniors’ information and resources will be available for attendees.

For more information or to book your place, contact Council’s Community Resources and Development section on 4645 4198.


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