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JGS Lifecare, a leading health care system serving seniors and their families, invites the public to “Meet the Pharmacist: Medication Management Therapy” on Wednesday, December 5 from 5–7 p.m. The free event will feature Daniel LaMontagne, PharmD, BCGP on the JGS Lifecare campus at the Ruth’s House Assisted Living Residence, 780 Converse Street, Longmeadow.

LaMontagne is a board-certified geriatric pharmacy specialist and a licensed pharmacist. He is legally and clinically qualified to consult with geriatric patients about how to optimize their medication therapy. The presentation will include a discussion about medication management, including interactions and their potential effects.

“For most patients over age 65 who take five or more prescriptions, a medication review is appropriate,” said LaMontagne. “This is typically performed in-person but can be done remotely with adequate technology.”

LaMontagne noted that a thorough medication review takes about 90 minutes, is tailored to fit the specific goals of the patient or caregiver, may be covered by insurance and commonly includes:

  • Therapy changes
  • De-prescribing inappropriate medications
  • Identifying and maximizing the use of effective non-drug therapy options when possible
  • Improving independence
  • Identifying gaps in therapy (untreated conditions)
  • Comfort care and life therapy questions

This event is free and open to the public through JGS LifeEd. Attendees are encouraged to bring a list of their medications, both prescription and over-the-counter. A raffle will be held for a free medication counseling session ($200 value) and light refreshments will be provided.

To register, call 413-567-6212 ext. 3105 or email lpayson@JGSLifecare.com. For more information, visit JGSLifecare.org/events.