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.