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“Sweetening the pill” – How can we improve management of medicines?

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The number of older people (>65 years) who have sensory impairment (visual and/or hearing loss) is increasing and future increases are anticipated due to the ageing population. Older people often have multiple health conditions which are managed by medicines but medicine management can be difficult for older people and when combined with sensory impairment, visual and/or hearing, these difficulties are exacerbated.

Furthermore, patients often forget to take their medication. Whether it’s symptomatic of a failing memory, or people simply not remembering to fit their medication into a busy daily routine, it’s an issue with big implications for every area of healthcare.

Come to this special FREE event to hear more about how we might address the issues surrounding compliance and medication management.

Refreshments will be available.

Event schedule:

6.00pm: Arrival with refreshments and a tour of Future Space

6.30pm: Welcome by Elaine McKechnie Centre Director, Future Space

Introduction: Professor Richard Luxton

6.40pm: The SIPA Study: Identifying the pharmaceutical care needs of older people with sensory impairment

Speaker: Professor Mags Watson – Professor of Health Services Research / Health Foundation Improvement Science Fellow, School of Pharmacy & Pharmacology, University of Bath

The number of older people (>65 years) who have sensory impairment (visual and/or hearing loss) is increasing. Future increases are anticipated due to the ageing population. Sensory impairment is associated with higher risk of death and reduced quality of life. Older people often have multiple health conditions which are managed by medicines. Medicine management can be difficult for older people and when combined with sensory impairment, visual and/or hearing, these difficulties are exacerbated.

Despite the magnitude of this problem, there has been little exploration of the needs of older people with sensory impairment regarding their medicines management and how personnel in community pharmacies could help i.e. provide person-centred pharmaceutical care. This study explored older people’s needs for, and experiences of, pharmaceutical care and has generated information which will be used to develop solutions to provide effective pharmaceutical care for older people with sensory loss.

In this presentation, Professor Mags Watson will provide a summary of the study, the results and future plans.

7.20pm: My Health Tags

Speaker: Dr Stephen Kitson - CEO, Folium Optics

Patients often forget to take their medication. Whether it’s symptomatic of a failing memory, or people simply not remembering to fit their medication into a busy daily routine, it’s an issue with big implications for every area of healthcare.

When drugs aren’t taken as prescribed, they become less effective and less likely to deliver the correct treatment. Every year poor medicine compliance wastes up to $290bn in added healthcare costs and causes an estimated 125,000 deaths in the US alone – creating an urgent need for an innovative and effective solution.

So, how can you best support patients in a way that doesn't stigmatise, but should help eliminate unintentional non-compliance?

Folium Optics have developed My Health Tags with this aim. We use cutting-edge screen technology to tell patients when medication is needed. Patients get helpful reminders, while giving their healthcare network vital data to fulfil their caring roles more effectively.

In this presentation, Dr Stephen Kitson summarises Folium Optics' journey so far, from initial concept, through NHS funding via SBRI Healthcare and development to conducting an initial clinical trial.

8.00pm: Close: Professor Nigel Harris

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If you would like to find out more about this event, please contact Designability on 01225 824103 or email info@designability.org.uk

Or visit the ALAN website page: http://www.designability.org.uk/our-network/assisted-living-action-network-alan/

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