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2-Day: Geriatric Conference

Program Information

Objectives

  1. Appraise the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
  2. Determine appropriate diagnostic tests to achieve accurate diagnosis.
  3. Devise interventions that are effective and promote positive communication between staff, family & the older adult.
  4. Apply techniques and identify strategies to avoid adverse drug events and drug disease interactions.
  5. Develop individualized monitoring plans for geriatric patients through the evaluation of high risk medications.
  6. Appraise at least three new guideline recommendations related to geriatric pharmacology.
  7. Implement controlled substance/pain management contracts into practice.
  8. Prepare to manage symptoms of controlled substance and alcohol misuse and abuse in geriatric patients.
  9. Develop best practice methods for prescribing in the geriatric population.
  10. Determine strategies to diminish the occurrence of behavioral problems in individuals with dementia.
  11. Apply behavioral and environmental techniques to diminish challenging behavioral problems.
  12. Analyze how cognitive impairment in older individuals is affected by environment, caregiver schedules, and responses to the behaviors.
  13. Develop strategies to identify abuse and neglect.
  14. Distinguish etiologic and pathologic factors associated with neurological, orthopedic, abdominal, cardiovascular & pulmonary emergencies.
  15. Differentiate between typical aging and complex management of co-morbidities in the elderly.
  16. Develop age-sensitive principles for medication dosing and management to clinical scenarios.
  17. Propose key questions useful for identifying and managing polypharmacy in older adults.

Outline

DAY ONE

SESSION 1: DIFFERENTIATING DEMENTIAS

Distinguishing the various types of dementia is often difficult. This session provides tools to appropriately screen patients experiencing dementia, along with discussion of the most effective interventions to improve the care you provide.

SESSION 2: GERIATRIC PHARMACOLOGY: TOOLS FOR THE HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL

For geriatric patients taking more than five medications, the statistical chance of a drug drug interaction or adverse event is 100%! For those experiencing an adverse drug event, one third will require additional treatment. This session will provide straightforward tools that will help you care for older adults receiving multiple medications.

SESSION 3: PAIN MANAGEMENT IN THE ELDERLY

This presentation will review the different categories of controlled substances and their appropriate use in the geriatric patient. Explore special considerations and tools to aid in prescribing and managing pain in the geriatric patient.

DAY TWO

SESSION 1: MANAGING GERIATRIC BEHAVIORS: WANDERING, AGGRESSION, MALNUTRITION AND MORE

Behaviors such as wandering, aggression and anxiety can pose significant barriers to the delivery of essential care. Geriatric syndromes such as malnutrition, dehydration and insomnia can diminish quality of life and threaten independence. This session will explore the most frequent problematic behaviors and discuss strategies to improve the care you provide to your geriatric patients.

SESSION 2: GERIATRIC EMERGENCIES

A high-energy, dynamic session filled with interesting case studies, insightful discussions and interactive learning. You will leave with practical techniques that you can apply right away – if you work with geriatric patients, you don’t want to miss this!

SESSION 3: TOP TEN MEDICATIONS TO AVOID IN THE GERIATRIC PATIENT

Explore medication dosing guidelines and polypharmacy management principles to ensure safe prescribing in the geriatric patient. Review the top ten medications to avoid and alternatives that can be equally effective.

Copyright : 05/17/2021

Geriatric Pharmacology: Maximizing Safety & Effectiveness

Program Information

Objectives

  1. Determine preventative techniques and individual monitoring plans to minimize adverse drug events and drug-drug interactions.
  2. Apply the principles of polypharmacy to the patient with cognitive impairment.
  3. Analyze the effects of aging on pharmacokinetics.
  4. Evaluate major causes, mechanism and early symptoms of drug-induced toxicity.
  5. Assess tools used to safely taper and discontinue medications.
  6. Apply prescribing strategies for the geriatric patient.
  7. Integrate age-sensitive principles for medication dosing and management to clinical scenarios.

Outline

Aging and Pharmacodynamics

Drug-Drug Interactions

Strategies to Avoid Adverse Drug Events

The "BEERS Criteria"

STOPP and START

Controversial Vitamins & Herbal Supplements

Psychopharmacology

Dementia, Depression & Delirium

Prescribing Challenges & Solutions

Copyright : 03/12/2019