HomePorts is sponsoring free talk on medication management

CHESTERTOWN — One national health organization has deemed medication nonadherence — when patients don’t take their medications as prescribed — as “America’s other drug problem.”

You can hear about how to keep your medication organized and to improve the ease and accuracy of taking your medication in a free event sponsored by HomePorts on Monday, Nov. 20.

Melanie Chapple, transitions pharmacist at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health, will lead a discussion and provide advice on ways to keep all your meds easy to find and access each day.

Medication can be a real source of confusion for seniors, according to Chapple.

She said there can be adverse effects from not taking medications correctly, and problems stemming from medication misuse are often a factor when seniors need to be hospitalized.

The Nov. 20 program will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the second floor meeting space in Chestertown’s town hall, 118 N. Cross St.

Light refreshments will be served.

HomePorts Executive Director Jeanette Jeffrey said the event also will provide the opportunity for questions and answers.

Registration is requested; you can do so online at www.homeports.org or by calling HomePorts at 443-480-0940.

According to a news release, HomePorts is a membership organization helping older adults continue living safely and independently in their own homes.

Set up by and for local residents, HomePorts is incorporated as a Maryland nonprofit.

Those eligible for membership include anyone over the age of 55 living in the greater Kent County area.

HomePorts is modeled after similar organizations operating successfully in other regions of the country.

Resources include a large cadre of vetted volunteers.

Additionally, HomePorts encourages participation in social, educational and cultural activities.

HomePorts partners with Upper Shore Aging and UM Shore Regional Health.

Financial assistance is offered to those with limited resources.

To find out more, go to www.homeports.org or call 443-480-0940 during business hours Monday through Friday.

The e-mail address is info@homeports.org.

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