Olivia, from DeForest, received a comprehensive medication review at her local senior center.
Olivia, from DeForest, received a comprehensive medication review at her local senior center.

After years of independence, Olivia was shocked to find herself in the middle of a mystery.

One afternoon, walking around her apartment, she found the room was spinning. She worried she’d lose her home and more importantly her independence. Something she was far from ready to abandon.

“We hear stories like Olivia’s everyday,” says Enid Glenn, Bureau Director of Management with the State Department of Workforce Development and Chair of the Self-Reliance and Independence Community Solutions Team. “Falls and adverse drug events (ADEs) are two of the major reasons for a decline in a senior’s health.”

ADEs are caused when medication combinations lead to illness or negative side effects.

“A person taking 5-8 medications has a 50% chance of experiencing an ADE,” says Glenn. “The average Dane County senior is on 6.4 medications.”
Dane County has 50,000 residents age 65 or over. This group is expected to more than double by 2030 to 112,000.

United Way is partnering with the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin to provide Comprehensive Medication Reviews (CMR) in order to reduce the number of ADEs in Dane County by 15% by 2015.

In 2012, 500 low-income seniors received CMRs by local pharmacists to assess and reduce their risk of ADEs.

Olivia received a CMR by her pharmacist who quickly fixed a medication issue. She now lives happily and independently in her home in DeForest, WI.

DID YOU KNOW? The average Dane County senior is on 6.4 medications. This places them at a 50% chance to experience an adverse drug event.