Medication Management in Alzheimer’s Disease & Related Dementias
This course is designed to prepare healthcare providers to be knowledgeable about diseases/conditions primarily seen in geriatric patients and assess and evaluate the appropriate use of medication in older adults. Learners will gain knowledge in setting appropriate goals of therapy in patients with multiple comorbidities and will develop skills to incorporate functional, cognitive, and health related quality of life aspects into formulating appropriate pharmacotherapy care plans. The course will focus on the pharmacotherapy used to treat diseases and conditions in older adults with an emphasis on physiologic changes of aging and how these changes impact medication use in the elderly. At the conclusion of the course, students will be expected to apply knowledge learned in the course to design and monitor patient-specific pharmacotherapy plans for older adults and to educate patients on appropriate medication use as it relates to the unique aspects of aging.
Physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, and dentists who work with elderly populations.
By the end of this course, the learner, when caring for geriatric patients, will be able to:
- Explain the basic pathophysiology associated with common conditions.
- Compare and contrast available pharmacotherapeutic options to manage conditions, with particular focus on potentially inappropriate medications.
- Evaluate, monitor, and modify pharmacotherapeutic plans for managing patients with comorbidities and multiple medication regimen.
- Identify, resolve, and/or prevent drug therapy problems, and develop pharmacotherapeutic patient goals.
- List barriers to and identify strategies for effective communication of drug and adherence information in older adults.
Megan Adelman, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP, CDCES
Dr. Adelman is a Family Medicine Pharmacy Specialist at Cleveland Clinic Akron General. She has a distinguished career as an educator and practitioner with skills in direct patient care, leadership through the incorporation of learners into direct patient care, gaming in education, medication regimen optimization and deprescribing, dementia care, and medication use in the older adult population. She is a board-certified geriatric pharmacist.
CONFLICTS OF INTEREST
The instructor has no conflicts to declare.
The instructor has agreed to our anti-discrimination policy that prohibits the inclusion of discriminatory language, graphics, or references on the basis of race, gender identity, age, color, national origin, physical or mental disability, or religion.
Long Term Care Administrators
This educational offering has been reviewed and approved by the National Continuing Education Review Service (NCERS) of the Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) and approved for 1.25 clock hours and 1.25 participant hours.
NAB/NCERS Approval Number: 20240425-1.25-A93388-DL
Learners must provide their nursing home administrator license number and NAB CE registry identification number.
Maryland Social Workers
The Beacon Institute is an approved provider of continuing education by the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners. The Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners certifies that this program meets the criteria for 1.25 credit hours of Category I continuing education for social workers licensed in Maryland.
As an IACET Accredited Provider, Innovation Horizons offers IACET CEUs for its learning events that comply with the ANSI/IACET Continuing Education and Training Standard.
- 0.10 IACET CEUs
- 1.25 NAB Credit Hours