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Seniors take charge of their wellness

September 14, 2006

Albany -- Senior citizens got a chance to take charge of their wellness program Thursday morning in Albany.

The SOWEGA Council on Aging organized the second annual Live Healthy Georgia health seminar at First United Methodist Church. More than 300 senior citizens took advantage of free health screenings.

Health professionals provided blood pressure, vision, blood sugar, and bone density screenings. Pharmacists also checked senior's medications.

A recent study found patients over 65 had a drug error rate 7 times greater than those under 65. U-Save-It Pharmacist Stephanie Sceals said " it can be very confusing, because so many of them are on multiple medicines. See several physicians, so it can get very confusing very fast. "

 The Sowega Council on Aging says they will offer similar health screenings in 14 Southwest Georgia counties as part of the Governor's statewide wellness program.

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