A large number of older individuals are living with some type of dementia. For these individuals, and as illness progresses, behavior often becomes a key form of communication. This can be challenging for families and staff, and too often, antipsychotic medication is used in an attempt to modify behavior. The use of antipsychotic medication to treat behavior associated with dementia is not supported clinically and is considered off-label by the FDA, which issued a “black box” warning for the elderly with dementia.
Antipsychotic drugs are expensive, costing hundreds of millions of Medicare dollars. They also increase the risk of death, falls with fractures, hospitalizations and other complications resulting in poor health and high costs. The intent of recent regulatory changes is to safely reduce the off-label use of antipsychotics and encourage alternative strategies for responding to challenging geriatric behaviors.
Join expert speaker, Bobbi Duffy, CRNP-PMH, APRN, MSN, for an information-packed day that will provide you with strategies to assess and manage psychotropic medication use. If older adults are routinely under your care, don’t miss this opportunity to learn tips and tools to implement immediately to improve the care you provide to your geriatric patients.
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Bobbi Duffy, CRNP-PMH, APRN, MSN, is currently a Clinical Director for one of the nation’s largest geriatric behavioral health practices. In this role, she is frequently involved in dementia care and works closely with a multidisciplinary team of healthcare providers to create patient- centered solutions. Bobbi draws from diverse experiences treating patients with dementia across a variety of settings, including: hospitals, home healthcare, and long-term care. Additionally, Bobbi maintains a small private practice that focuses on geriatric psychiatry and caregiver stress.
Bobbi is passionate about educating others. Her expertise is sought throughout the country on a variety of topics, from medication management to challenging behaviors. She remains committed to furthering her own education through pursuit of her Doctorate in Nursing Practice degree and remains dually board certified (as a Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist) through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Financial: Bobbi Duffy maintains a private practice. She is a Clinical Director for MedOptions. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Nonfinancial: Bobbi Duffy is a member of the American Nurses Association.
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