With the beginning of spring comes the end of winter’s flu,
cold, and cough medicines.  This means it
is also a great time to unclutter your medication cabinet and get rid of
dangerous and outdated items.

What to Throw Away:

  • Expired
         medicines lose their effectiveness and in some instances can become
         dangerous.  Check expiration dates
  • Nearly
         empty bottles create clutter and may not even have enough medicine left
         for a full dose.
  • Improperly
         stored items can partially evaporate, leaving them more concentrated and
         dangerous.  Get rid of items that
         were not sealed or stored properly.
  • Duplicates
         of items that are not used often only create clutter.  If you do want to keep duplicates, move
         them out of the medicine cabinet and into a larger area to store.  Try a large bathroom cabinet, or your
  • Old
         prescriptions or partially used prescriptions should not be saved.  Check with your physician if you have
         questions about saving prescriptions.

What to Add:

  • Sunscreens
         with the right amount of Sun Protection Factor (SPF).
  • Aloe
         vera to treat burns.
  • Insect
         repellant to keep spring’s bugs at bay.
  • Insect
         bite relief for when they bite you anyway.
  • Heating
         and cooling packs for sprains and strains during outdoor fun.
  • Allergy
         medications for allergy sufferers.
  • Updated
         first aid kit including band-aids, antiseptic wash, and ointment for
         spring scrapes.  Contact your local
         American Red Cross for a guide which includes recommended items to place
         in your first aid kit as well.

you would like more information about “Spring
Clean Your Medicine Cabinet”
call the Senior LinkAge Line® at
1-800-333-2433.  The Senior LinkAge Line®:
A One Stop Shop for Minnesota Seniors is a free statewide service of the
Minnesota Board on Aging and Area Agencies on Aging.  Specialists provide
one-to-one assistance with helping older adults age well and live well. 
Call 1-800-333-2433 for assistance Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:30pm
or chat with a specialist online during these hours at www.MinnesotaHelp.info®.

“Our Mission is to identify and promote resources which enhance, empower and enrich seniors to be healthy, safe, and engaged citzens”



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