Health Watch to focus on medications for seniors
by Rachel Davis
Jun 18, 2012 | 1049 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Medications are a major part of life for most seniors, and the safety of those medications is always a concern.

That’s why the upcoming installment of Health Watch will focus on medications. Anyone 55 years or older who wishes to attend the event on June 28 can visit the vendors from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Community Health Systems Activities Center in downtown Jasper.

Representatives from various businesses and agencies will be at the event to hand out goodies and provide information on topics related to seniors.

Health Watch is sponsored by the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, which focuses on keeping older volunteers active and engaged in their community. They will also provide door prizes for those in attendance at the event.

Seniors can bring expired, outdated or unused medication to the event to be disposed of safely. Lisa Stewart, volunteer coordinator for R.S.V.P., recommended that seniors concerned about their privacy use a marker to cover their personal information on the prescription bottles.

Health Watch began in 1995 to help educate and inform seniors about issues impacting their safety, health and wellness.

“We developed it to empower seniors with education and tools to better manage their health,” said Betty Alexander, an original organizer of the event and a current volunteer. “We wanted to pick topics pertaining to seniors helping themselves.”

R.S.V.P. is part of Positive Maturity, an organization based in Birmingham that serves seniors in Jefferson, Shelby, Walker and Blount counties. They provide events like this for the community with help from organizations like the Walker Area Community Foundation.

“They have been very generous with us,” Stewart said.

She also added that local medical associations and organizations, including Walker Baptist Medical Center, have always been ready to help when needed.

For more information on Health Watch or other volunteer opportunities, contact Stewart at (205) 221-3760.