LONG BEACH — Bombarded by a barrage of get-well/get-beautiful advertisements, elderly residents often get overloaded with drugs and treatments they don't really need, city health officials say.
For that reason, the city is launching a program aimed at seniors, a group suffering from "a chronic abuse of medication," according to Gwen Edelstein, an administrative officer with the city's Health Department. Edelstein said that abuse can also mean taking too little of prescribed medicines.
The Long Beach Health Department received a one-time $49,584 state grant for a program called PEP (Pills, Education and Prevention.) On Tuesday, the City Council authorized approval of an agreement with the state Department of Health Services for Special Needs and Priorities to develop the senior medication education program.
"We're attempting to educate our seniors on the effective way to take medication," said Rugmini Shah, the city's health officer.
The new program, now in the planning stages, eventually will include videos of local seniors talking about problems with medications, Edelstein said.