September 30, 2011
September 23, 2011
September 16, 2011
Guests: Kay Heggestad, MD, retired family practitioner, Delegation member
Roberta Carrier, Ph.D., Pharmacy, Delegation member
Janet Loewi, family caregiver, Delegation member
Last week’s program presented an overview of United Way of Dane County’s Safe
and Healthy Aging initiative which was launched on September 1st. The countywide,
community-based program brought together health care professionals, pharmacists,
social service providers, caregivers, media and United Way 2-1-1 to develop
strategies to keep seniors safe, healthy and independent.
This program moves from Preventing Falls to Adverse Drug Events (ADEs), more
specifically. and the tremendous impact they have on the lives of older adults.
Identifying ADEs and preventing or reversing their effects is the Delegation’s other
challenge. And it won’t be easy. Dane County older adults take an average of 6.4
prescription medications putting them at high risk for suffering an ADE.
For more information go to www.safeandhealthyaging.org or call United Way 2-1-1.
September 12, 2011
Guests: Tom Walker, Co-Chair, Safe and Healthy Aging Delegation Andy Kosseff, MD, Co-Chair and Chair, Safe Communities Falls Prevention Program Janet Bollig, Home Health United, S.A.F.E. At Home
The population in Dane County is aging and projected to grow by 136% by 2030. In addition to growing older, our seniors also have expanded life expectancies. That’s terrific news, but it also puts us on alert to chronic health problems and medical risks that are becoming more prevalent and widespread.
United Way of Dane County has identified falls and adverse drug events (negative drug interactions) as the two acute triggers of functional decline of aging adults. They are also often preventable.
This program outlines United Way’s Safe and Healthy Aging Delegation, a community-based effort to keep seniors safe, healthy and independent by reducing falls and ADE’s by 15% by 2015. You’ll hear an overview of this all-encompassing program and specific tips on the magnitude of falls in Wisconsin and how they can be prevented. (Part Two on ADEs next week).For more information, go to www.safeandhealthyaging.org or call United Way 2-1-1.