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Free CE: Advocating Patient Safety and Health for the Elderly

by PTCB Staff | Jul 05, 2013

Drug Store News offers a free CE entitled ‘Aging and Engaged: Expanding Awareness, Support for the Elderly.’ Pharmacy technicians who complete this CE can be advocates for elderly patient safety and health. In this course, you will learn how changes in an elderly patient’s body can affect his or her medications. You will also learn about common medication and disease interactions in the elderly, and challenges associated with polypharmacy and elderly patients. 

As the US population continues aging, pharmacies are seeing an increased number of elderly patients taking prescription medications, nonprescription medications, and dietary supplements. Older adults consume more prescription medications than any other age group, and are therefore the most at risk for medication-related adverse events. According to a 2006 report from Boston University, 83% of men and 80% of women used at least one prescription drug in a given week. Of those aged 65 and older, more than 25% of patients were using five or more prescription drugs in a given week. Community pharmacies have a unique opportunity to interact with elderly patients on a regular basis, helping to educate them about their medications and disease states, checking for medication interactions, and helping them understand how they can work to improve their health.

Visit Drug Story News to view Lesson #0401-0000-13-202-H01-T and complete this CE online. This CE is available until June 7, 2016.