Beware of falls and broken bones or worse.

You take medications to help you get or stay healthy, but did you know that some medications ... even over-the-counter drugs ... may cause a reaction that increases your risk of falling?

The Area Agency on Aging says 83 percent of adults 65 years and older take at least one prescription. It cautions ...

Medications taken for high blood pressure, high blood sugar, depression and allergies may cause ...

Sleepiness.

Confusion.

Memory loss.

Dizziness and loss of balance.

Numbness of the hands and feet.

Blurred vision.

"Any of these could put you at risk of falling," say the agency. "Obviously, you need to take your medications to treat your health problems. So what can you do to reduce your risk of falling?"

Some basic suggestions from the agency ...

---First of all, read the warnings that come with the each prescription.

---Take your prescription as directed ... the proper dosage, the time to take it and whether to take it with or without food ... a very important point.

---Do not stop taking prescribed medication without first talking with your doctor.

---Don't mix over-the-counter drugs or herbal remedies with your prescriptions without first checking with your doctor.

---If you suspect any problems related to the medication, call your doctor.

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"We are not a large food pantry, but we do have an appropriate number of families that we serve each month," says Bill Gellman, director of First Presbyterian's Caring Company.

For example, from January through the first week of September, FP placed 10 orders with the Central PA Food Bank ... orders resulting in nearly 10 tons of food, all of which went to the needy served by the Caring Company. Through August of this year, food went to 1,047 families with 3,035 members.

Meanwhile, the quest for food continues to grow.

Gellman notes ...

"With cuts in food stamp benefits expected to take effect in November, it's likely that we will see increased demand for food from our clients, many of whom receive SNAP (food stamp) benefits for themselves and their family members."

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York Rotary is taking a group of World War II and Korean War vets on an Honor Flight Bus Trip to Washington to see "their memorials" and visit Arlington Cemetery on Thursday. Each vet will have a family member and/or Rotarian to accompany him.

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New Eagle Scouts ...

---Jacob Barnes, Troop 277, Latter-day Saints Ward 2nd Stake, York Haven ... son of Ben Barnes. Project: Cleared debris and rebuilt a road to the campsite area at Silver Lake.

---Mitchell Millis, also Troop 277 ... son of Robert and Sheri Millis. Project: Installed seven bulletin boards at Pinchot Park.

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State legislators Stan Saylor and Keith Gillespie are hosting a Senior Citizen Expo 8-10 a.m. Friday at Advent Lutheran Church, 1775 E. Market. You're invited. Flu shots will be available. Call 840-4711 to reserve your shot.

Columns by Hank Merges, a local writer, appear Tuesday and Thursday in The York Dis patch. Reach Hank at hmerges@yorkdispatch.com or 854-1575.