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Ohio Department of Aging Press Release

November 19, 2010

November episode of "Finer With Age" features trio of topics

Experts discuss prescription medicines, Social Security and HEAP

COLUMBUS - In the November episode of "Finer With Age," the Ohio Department of Aging's monthly television talk show for older adults and their caregivers, Director Barbara E. Riley chats with Traci Watkins, M.D., a family practitioner with the ProMedica Physician Group in Toledo, and Bryan Coehrs, a pharmacist with the Pharmacy Counter in Toledo, about the importance of openly discussing our prescription drug use and need, not only with our health care providers and pharmacists, but also our families.

"Nearly two-thirds of all visits to the doctor's office or hospital emergency room end with a prescription for medication, and more than 20 percent of nursing home admissions are due to adverse drug interactions," Director Riley said. "Better communication can reduce the risk of complications and result in better health."

In the program's second segment, Director Riley is joined by John LaMotte from the Columbus region of the Social Security Administration. They discuss some of the basics of Social Security and, more importantly, provide you with the resources to find the answers to your questions.

In the program's third segment, Director Riley sits down with Janet Cesnar, the assistant office chief in the Office of Community Services which administers the HEAP Program in Ohio. The Home Energy Assistance Program, or HEAP, is a federally funded program administered by the Ohio Department of Development that helps eligible low-income Ohioans meet the high costs of home heating.

"Finer With Age" is produced monthly by the Ohio Department of Aging and is broadcast on select cable access and public broadcasting stations throughout the state. Check your local listings or contact your cable provider for air times. Viewers also may watch current and recent episodes on the program's website, FinerWithAge.com.

About ODA - The Ohio Department of Aging provides leadership for the delivery of services and supports that improve and promote quality of life and personal choice for older Ohioans, adults with disabilities, their families and their caregivers. Working with 12 area agencies on aging and other community partners, the department offers home- and community-based Medicaid waiver programs such as PASSPORT, the long-term care ombudsman program, the Golden Buckeye Card and more. Visit www.aging.ohio.gov.