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Prevention Presents: Brown Bag Check-Up

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Brown Bag Check-Up
Assistant Manager, Prevention Education

It may sound funny, but there is an easy and effective way to manage your medications. It all starts with a simple brown bag. 

All you need to do is collect all of your medications and over-the-counter products, put them in a bag and take them to your doctor’s appointment. Make sure you include any herbs, vitamins, dietary supplements and even topical creams and ointments. This is a great way for your doctor to check for any duplications, interaction problems, or inappropriate dosing. You should also share this information with your pharmacist. Proper disposal of expired medication, or any medication you are no longer taking, is also important. There are several drop boxes around Toledo and Lucas County for safe disposal. 

Harbor is pleased to have a program that addresses these needs, as well as other health related needs, of area seniors. The Wellness Initiative for Senior Education (WISE) program began in Lucas County in late April 2014. WISE is a six week program that focuses specifically on senior wellness. There is no cost for WISE and it is open to the public. WISE is funded through a grant from the Lucas County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board. Participants report feeling more empowered to speak with their physicians, feeling more connected to other seniors, and having a great time while learning valuable information. 

For more information on how to sign up for a WISE program near you, or for information on how to bring WISE to your site, please contact Carrie Dowling at 419-214-3820 Ext. 2389.


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Kathy Schnapp, LSW, OCPSII
Prevention Education
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