JFS is collaborating with the MCPHS Pharmacy Outreach Program to support older adults so they can remain healthy, independent, and age in place as part of the Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORC) program. For many years JFS has partnered with the Framingham Housing Authority to provide healthy aging programs to older adult residents living at Hastings House and Rose Kennedy Lane housing sites. The NORC programs deliver services, develop partnerships, mobilize resources, and foster the creation of environments that promote aging in place. They are also a cost-effective way to keep older adults in their homes and out of nursing homes, allowing them to age with dignity in their communities.

Earlier this month there was an informative presentation by Registered Pharmacist, Ernest Onyinah, about medication safety, the services of the outreach program and options for reducing older adults’ medication costs. The presentation was followed by questions and answers as well as individual medication reviews with pharmacists Ernest Oniyinah and Daisy Powers. Resident older adults brought a brown bag of their medication for a consult with one of the pharmacists. One of the older adults was especially thankful for the assistance in helping him with his insulin prescription refill.

The MCPHS Pharmacy Outreach Program is a community service program offered by the University and is staffed by case managers, licensed pharmacists and students. Their goal is to provide both consumers and health professionals with a comprehensive resource to assist in finding answers to medication-related questions.

Click here to learn more about the MCPHS Pharmacy Outreach Program

Click here to learn more about JFS’ Programs for Older Adults