Increasing Knowledge and Skills in Drug Management in the Elderly at the Sukawati II Health Center, Gianyar Regency, Bali Provin

The limitations of the elderly in vision, hearing and memory require the help of other family members in responsible drug management, namely by understanding drug indications, drug side effects, risks that arise when using drugs, and paying attention to drug expiration dates before using drugs. The possibility that can occur in the household is the presence of leftover drugs and drug supplies. These medicines must be managed properly so that education is needed for the elderly at the elderly Posyandu and their companions about proper medication and how to manage drugs in the household so that there is no misuse of drugs, overuse or expired drugs.

Community service partners are elderly people who are coordinated by pharmacists at the Sukawati II Public Health Center in Gianyar Regency, Bali Province. This community service activity was attended by 70 elderly people which was held on Saturday 17 September 2022 at 07.30 WITA at the Sukawati II Health Center with the address Jl. Kesawa No.1, Singapadu Kaler, Sukawati District, Gianyar Regency, Bali Province 80571. The event began with doing elderly exercises and was followed by measuring body weight, checking blood pressure and random blood sugar. The event was opened by apt. Andi Hermansyah, Ph.D representing the Faculty of Pharmacy, Universitas Airlangga and Ni Ketut Martini, S.Kep., M.Kes. representing the Head of the Sukawati II Health Center. After that it was followed by training on drug management material (DAGUSIBU) by the Community Service Team chaired by Dr. apt. Yuni Priyandani, Sp.FRS. with Dr. apt. I Nyoman Wijaya, Sp.FRS. Participants were given a pre-test questionnaire to measure prior knowledge and were given samples of drug product preparations to measure drug management skills (obtaining, using, storing, and disposing of drugs properly) as well as hardcopies of training materials to take home. Participants were given the opportunity to ask questions and ended with post-test questionnaires to evaluate participants' knowledge. This event was supported by officers from the Sukawati II Health Center, namely Ni Putu Yulik, S.Kep. as program manager for the elderly posyandu and apt. Rica Sudharmayanti, S. Farm. as a hospital pharmacist.

The benefits and sustainability related to drug management knowledge are carried out by continuing to have contact with puskesmas pharmacists and elderly posyandu program holders even though this community service activity is declared complete. Provision of drug management information to the elderly is planned to be carried out routinely when the elderly come to visit the puskesmas on the first and third Sundays of each month.


By Yuni Priyandani

Faculty of Pharmacy Universitas Airlangga