Full Course Description
- Identify the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
- List appropriate diagnostic tests to achieve accurate diagnosis.
- Devise interventions that are effective and promote positive communication between staff, family & the older adult.
- Normal vs. Abnormal Aging
- Types of Dementias
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Parkinson’s Disease Dementia
- Substance-Induced Neurocognitive Disorder
Geriatric Pharmacology: Tools for the Healthcare Professional
- Apply techniques and identify strategies to avoid adverse drug events and drug disease interactions.
- Develop individualized monitoring plans for geriatric patients through the evaluation of high risk medications.
- Identify at least three new guideline recommendations related to geriatric pharmacology
- Drug Utilization Amongst the Elderly
- Billing Codes That You MUST Know
- Clinical Pharmacological Issues in the Elderly
Pain Management in the Elderly
- The challenges associated with controlled substances
- Pain control…Is every patient’s RIGHT
- Implement controlled substance/pain management contracts into practice.
- Recognize symptoms of controlled substance and alcohol misuse and abuse.
- Describe best practice methods for prescribing in the geriatric population
Managing Geriatric Behaviors: Wandering, Aggression, Malnutrition and More
- Review strategies to diminish the occurrence of behavioral problems in individuals with dementia.
- Discuss behavioral and environmental techniques to diminish challenging behavioral problems.
- Identify how cognitive impairment in older individuals is affected by environment, caregiver schedules, and responses to the behaviors.
- Physical Aggression
- Inappropriate Sexual Behaviors
- Eating Issues & Nutrition in Elders with Dementia
- Sleepless Nights & Sundowning
- Professional Issues
- Develop strategies to identify abuse and neglect.
- Distinguish etiologic and pathologic factors associated with neurological, orthopedic, abdominal, cardiovascular & pulmonary emergencies.
- Point out the atypical presentation of the elderly and how to effectively manage comorbidities.
- Physiological Changes with Aging
- Common Underlying Chronic Illness
- Cardiovascular Emergencies
- Pulmonary Emergencies
- Cerebrovascular Emergencies
- Orthopedic Emergencies
- Abdominal Emergencies
Top Ten Medications to Avoid in the Geriatric Patient
- Discuss how to apply age-sensitive principles for medication dosing and management to clinical scenarios.
- List key questions useful for identifying and managing polypharmacy in older adults.
- The BEERS List
- Risks Associated with Anticholinergic Drugs
- The TOP TEN
- 5 Things Patients & Physicians Should Question