Age-friendly Medications: how not to interfere with What Matters, Mobility, or Mentation
“Age-friendly Medications: how not to interfere with What Matters, Mobility, or Mentation”
October 15, 2021 10:30-11:30am
Age-related changes in pharmacokinetics, including absorption, distribution, metabolism, and elimination, will be reviewed. These changes can alter how medications affect older adults and lead to adverse effects. Potentially inappropriate medication (PIM) use will be defined and high-risk target drug classes highlighted to increase awareness of possible harm in geriatric patients. Emphasis will be placed on communication between the patient and health care team to devise medication regimens that optimize What Matters, Mobility, and Mentation for the patient. De-prescribing techniques will also be presented to prevent or limit adverse drug effects commonly found in older adults.
Healthcare professionals, nurses, physicians, students, residents, PT/OT, care management, social work and all other interested care providers.
By the completion of this session, participants should be able to:
1. Describe changes associated with age on medication absorption, distribution, metabolism, and elimination in older adults.
2. Define potentially inappropriate medication (PIM) use according to the American Geriatric Society Beer’s criteria.
3. Recognize possible adverse drug effects in geriatric patients and potential de-prescribing approaches to limit harm.
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Abigail Steele is a Clinical Pharmacist at UPMC Mercy. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences at Cornell University, and obtained her PharmD at the University at Buffalo. She completed a PGY-1 pharmacy practice residency at UPMC Mercy in 2014. In 2020 she finished the University of Pittsburgh Gerontology Certificate Program, and is currently Board Certified in Pharmacotherapy and Geriatric Pharmacy. Her clinical interests include age-associated changes in pharmacokinetics and reducing adverse drug effects and medication burden in older patients.
Conflict of Interest Disclosure: No members of the planning committee, speakers, presenters, authors, content reviewers and/or anyone else in a position to control the content of this education activity have relevant financial relationships with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services, used on, or consumed by, patients to disclose.
In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
The University of Pittsburgh designates this blended activity for a maximum of __1.0_ AMA PRA Category 1 Credit[s]™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The maximum number of hours awarded for this Continuing Nursing Education activity is _1.0_ contact hours.
This knowledge-based activity provides _0_ contact hours of continuing pharmacy education credit.
Physician Assistant (AAPA)
The University of Pittsburgh has been authorized by the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) to award AAPA Category 1 CME credit for activities planned in accordance with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for _0__ AAPA Category 1 CME credits. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.
As a Jointly Accredited Organization, University of Pittsburgh is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. University of Pittsburgh maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive _1.0__ continuing education credits.
Other Healthcare Professionals: Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity.
- 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
- 1.00 ANCCUPMC Provider Unit is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation
- 1.00 ASWB
- 1.00 Attendance