Medications play an expanding role in health care as we grow older. People are more likely to develop one or more chronic illnesses with advancing age, and appropriate medication can help seniors live longer and more active lives. However, medication use in older adults is also more likely to be associated with safety concerns. In this handout, learn how to get the benefits of medicine, whether prescription or nonprescription, while minimizing and managing the risks.

Fatima Ali, Consultant Pharmacist, Providence manor, MediSystem Pharmacy, gave an overview of Antipsychotic Use in the Elderly in an online presentation to health care professionals in South East Ontario via the Ontario Telemedicine Network on June 13th, 2017.  A copy of the event flyer and link to the presentation, and presentation recording are available.

The Rheumatoid Arthritis Support Network website is a resource page where people can find information on living with RA. Symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis can make it difficult to live a full, healthy life. Fortunately, there are many ways to manage these symptoms — from medications to lifestyle changes. 

The Regional Geriatric Program of Eastern Ontario are holding their annual refresher day conference. This workshop is intended for health care professionals working with seniors who seek to improve the quality of life for their patients. It has been designed to be interactive, covering challenging areas in the clinical management of geriatric patients.

March 6-8, 2017 the Regional Geriatric Program of Eastern Ontario is offering this clinical education opportunity at the Ottawa Hospital.  Click here for the pdf registration form.

This presentation on Friday Feb. 24th from 1-2pm is one of the Geriatric Mental Heath videoconference education series. Dr. Sidney H. Kennedy will discuss the range of pharmacological and neurostimulation options for treatment of resistant depression, the potential for neuroimaging and molecular biomarkers to predict antidepressant response and the complexities of integrating clinical and biological big data. This event is available via telehealth and live webcast. Please see the pdf invitation for details.

Many medications pose greater health risks when prescribed for older adults, compared with available pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic alternatives. The researhers sought to quantify the frequency and cost of potentially inappropriate prescribing for older women and men in Canada.

The Perth Enrichment Program (PEP) is offering a four-week learning series for clients, families and friends on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8pm on March 7, 14, 21 and 28 at 12 Elliot St., Perth. There is no cost to attend for PEP clients and family. Topics include: Diagnosis and What to Expect, Lifestyle and Retirement Living, Treatment Recommendations and Supportive Care, Caregiver Support and Advance Care Planning.

The aim of this paper was to identify and prioritize medication classes where evidence-based deprescribing guidelines would be of benefit to clinicians. A modified Delphi approach included a literature review, and expert panel and three survey rounds. Last reviewed January 2017.

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