Medical care is focus of talks at senior center

September 19, 2002

The Coalition of Geriatric Services and the Howard County Office on Aging will offer a day of free workshops, "Arm Yourself With Knowledge: Your Rights, Your Risks in Medical Care," from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. today at the Ellicott City Senior Center.

The conference aims to raise awareness of what an individual can do to prevent medical errors.

Attendees can register for door prizes and visit exhibits from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Del. Elizabeth Bobo will discuss "A Statewide Perspective" at 2 p.m., and Kathryn Chrystal of St. Agnes Home Health Care and Hospice will discuss "Medical Records: A Personal Perspective" at 2:30 p.m.

Other workshops and discussions include "Medical Records Rights" by elder law attorney Patricia Storch at 3 p.m.; "Hospital How-To's With Medical Records" by Nancy Smith, director of nursing at Howard County General Hospital, at 4 p.m.; "Medications: Herbal Interactions" by Lynn Shumake, a pharmacist of natural medicine, at 4:30 p.m.; and "Problematic Medications for Older Americans" by Lillian Alade, a pharmacist at Howard County General Hospital, at 5:10 p.m. Chrystal also will discuss "Medication and Safety of Administra- tion" at 5:30 p.m.

The public is invited to attend the whole program or drop in for individual sessions.

Information: 410-997-0610.

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