McGuinty Government Helping Seniors To Use Medication Safely

    Invests $75,000 In Public Education Campaign

    TORONTO, April 18 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is investing $75,000 in
a series of province-wide seminars on the safe use of medication for seniors,
Minister Responsible for Seniors, Jim Bradley announced today.
    "One in four hospital admissions of patients over age 50 are the result
of medication-related problems," said Bradley. "By educating seniors about the
safe use of medication, we can help them protect their health and get the full
benefit of their prescription drugs."
    The funds have been granted to the Ontario Pharmacists' Association to
deliver 35 seminars across the province as part of the Ontario Seniors'
Seminars series. The seminars involve presentations by local pharmacists and a
question-and-answer period on the safe use of medication. The sessions will be
held over the next year and are free of charge.

    Other McGuinty government initiatives to support Ontario's aging
population include:

    -  Engaging in province-wide consultations with the goal of establishing
       a new regulatory framework for strengthening standards of care in
       Ontario retirement homes
    -  Enhancing the Ontario Property and Sales Tax Credits for seniors once
       again in 2007; this will result in $97 million in property tax relief
       this year for eligible seniors
    -  Providing $453,000 to 55 organizations across the province working to
       combat elder abuse in their communities
    -  Expanding the award-winning website to provide one-
       stop access to programs and services for seniors living in smaller
       municipalities across the province
    -  Ending mandatory retirement
    -  Implementing Ontario's Wait-Time Strategy that has resulted in a 41
       per cent reduction in wait times for cataract surgery; a 30 per cent
       reduction for knee replacements; and a 16 per cent reduction for
       cancer surgery.

    "Our government is working with partners across Ontario to ensure that
older adults can live in dignity, security and independence," Bradley said.
"We are strengthening the capacity of our communities to meet the changing
needs of today's seniors."

    Disponible en français

For further information:

For further information: David Oved, Minister's Office, (416) 314-1400;
Donna Piasentini, Communications Branch, (416) 314-7242

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