Information for Seniors

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Older adults suffer from a high incidence of more serious effects related to poisonings. The majority of these poisonings involve prescription and over-the-counter medicines, herbals, and vitamins. Most older adults do not think about taking too much medicine as a "poisoning" but it is.

The Poison Center recommends practicing safe use of medicine, both prescription and over-the-counter (OTC), to avoid an unintentional poisoning.

There are many other things that can and do poison seniors including cleaning products, plants, and more.

Keep the number of the Poison Center, 1-800-222-1222, available in the event of an unintentional poison exposure.

Education Programs for Seniors

The Upstate New York Poison Center offers programs for older adults and the safe use of medicines.

To schedule a program, call 315-464-5375

Taking Your Medicines Safely

Taking Your Medicines Safely Program, reinforces proven concepts designed to decrease medicine mismanagement. The program addresses the six questions to ask about any medication you are taking:

  • What is the name of the medicine?
  • What is the medicine for?
  • How often do I take the medicine?
  • What are the possible side effects?
  • What should I do if I miss a dose of my medicine?
  • While taking this medicine, should I avoid drinking alcohol, driving, eating certain foods or drinking certain juices, taking certain over-the-counter or prescription medications, vitamins, herbals, or minerals?

View the Senior Safe Med Program

Poison Prevention

Look-Alike Flipcharts are available for purchase or on loan (free) for senior groups interested in poison prevention. These materials are available from the Poison Center.

Educational brochures and telephone stickers are available to seniors by calling:

Poison Center 1-800-222-1222 or Contact the UNYPC