Pharmacy Students Provide Valuable Services at Senior Festival

Emily Keeler
A pharmacy student helps an attendee complete a bone health screening.
A pharmacy student helps an attendee complete a bone health screening.

On Halloween, healthcare got a little less scary for seniors in the Central Ohio area.  The Senior Living Festival was held at the Veterans Memorial in downtown Columbus at no cost to attendees. Several Ohio State Doctor of Pharmacy students were among the myriad of vendors and service providers who offered health and wellness tips and services.

The American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) Student Chapter helped provide bone health screenings while student pharmacists on rotation with Giant Eagle helped administer flu shots.

Professor Ruth Emptage, PharmD, was on-site to oversee the students’ experience.

“The Ohio State Doctor of Pharmacy students had the opportunity to use what they are learning in the classroom to benefit the older adult population in our community,” said Emptage.  “The students provided very meaningful services to an appreciative crowd of over 1,200 older adults.”

In all, the students helped to administer 30 flu shots and provided 94 bone health screenings.

In addition to the health screenings and immunizations, students from the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy Student Chapter (AMCP) provided Medicare consultations.  They assisted seniors in evaluating and choosing coverage options as part of Medicare’s fall open enrollment period.

The Senior Living Festival is presented by the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging, Franklin County Office on Aging, and members of the Senior Services Roundtable of Columbus and Franklin County.