CVS/pharmacy Named National Sponsor of NCOA's National Institute of Senior Centers

Thursday, July 8, 2010

CVS/pharmacy Will Provide Support for National Senior Center Month

WASHINGTON, and WOONSOCKET, R.I., July 8, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --

The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is pleased to announce that it has named CVS/pharmacy as the national sponsor of NCOA's National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC). NISC is a national network for senior center professionals that supports efforts to improve the aging experience in all communities.

CVS/pharmacy will provide targeted educational and cost-saving opportunities for seniors during National Senior Center Month in September focused on flu prevention and health and wellness.

"As the only national organization solely focused on the needs of senior center professionals, we are pleased to partner with CVS/pharmacy to support the needs of local senior centers and their members," said Stuart Spector, senior vice president at NCOA.

NISC provides national standards and accreditation to thousands of senior center facilities and also provides an online community network - known as Crossroads - for senior center professionals to share best practice information. For more information on NISC, please visit www.NCOA.org/nisc.

"NCOA and NISC have long been an important resource for senior centers and the dedicated professionals who make them successful," said Rob Price, senior vice president, marketing and advertising, CVS/pharmacy. "We are thrilled to be the leading sponsor of this national network of community organizations that provides vital services to thousands of seniors every day."

CVS/pharmacy has collaborated with NCOA since 2007 when they created the "Prescription for Better Health" campaign for seniors to provide health education, information on disease prevention, and access to benefits. As part of the campaign, CVS/pharmacy has offered the "Pack Your Bag" program at senior centers nationwide. With this initiative, seniors are invited to bring their medications for review and personalized counseling with a pharmacist. CVS/pharmacy has conducted over 1,500 events involving over 30,000 individual senior counseling sessions over the past two years.

About NCOA

The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is a non-profit service and advocacy organization headquartered in Washington, DC. NCOA is a national voice for older Americans - especially those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged - and the community organizations that serve them. It brings together non-profit organizations, businesses and government to develop creative solutions that improve the lives of all older adults. NCOA works with thousands of organizations across the country to help seniors find jobs and benefits improve their health, live independently and remain active in their communities. For more information, visit www.ncoa.org.

About CVS/pharmacy

CVS/pharmacy is the retail division of CVS Caremark Corporation (NYSE: CVS). The Company operates more than 7,000 CVS/pharmacy and Longs Drugs stores. CVS/pharmacy is committed to improving the lives of those we serve by making innovative and high-quality health and pharmacy services safe, affordable and easy to access, both in its stores and online at CVS.com. General information about CVS/pharmacy and CVS Caremark is available at www.cvscaremark.com/.

    Contacts:
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    Carolyn Castel             ccastel@cvs.com            401-770-5717
    Carissa Drew               cdrew@webershandwick.com   617-520-7070
    Connie Hofmann             chofmann@aboutscp.com      610-687-5495
    Ken Schwartz               ken.schwartz@ncoa.org      202-600-3131


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