Identifying Medication Video

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NARRATOR 1: A man using a cane as he walks down the sidewalk.

NARRATOR 2: Two out of every three older people with vision loss also have other health issues.

NARRATOR 1: People using various physical aids for identifying medication.

NARRATOR 2: That means it's critical to keep track of medications. Serious or even deadly medication errors are entirely preventable. Here we look at several very effective techniques for organizing medications. There are high-tech options, such as prescription bottle readers. [Mechanical voice reading] Or you can use a video magnifier to magnify your labels.

MAN: If you want to look at a prescription bottle, a lot of times what's really important is finding the doctor's phone number.

NARRATOR 2: But there are plenty of low-tech options, too. You can wrap your medicine bottles with different colored paper or stickers or use a different number of elastic bands on each bottle to distinguish medicines by touch. You can also use pill organizers like these with raised markings.

WOMAN: Thursday, Friday...

TEACHER: When you open the container, you're looking for... you see the pill, you see the size, you're identifying it by feel.

NARRATOR 2: If you need someone to help you get started, ask a family member or friend, or contact a rehabilitation specialist.

TEACHER: We have a blood pressure cuff that slides onto your arm.

NARRATOR 2: One in four American adults has high blood pressure. Regular home monitoring is an important part of the treatment regimen. Blood pressure gauges like this one with large-print readouts can help those with low vision maintain good health practices and stay healthy.

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