Geriatric and Long-Term Care Update Course Information

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Healthcare professionals working with the elderly population, including physicians, nurses, dietitians, social workers, nursing home administrators, certified medical directors, pharmacists and other allied health care professionals.


The Learner will be able to:
1. Discuss the role of nutrition in treating chronic conditions such as diabetes, malnutrition, obesity, and osteoporosis in the elderly population.
2. Describe the role exercise plays in maintaining health in the geriatric patient.
3. Discuss the importance of quality improvement initiatives in long-term care and give examples of how they can improve patient care.
4. Describe strategies for managing symptoms in patients with chronic conditions.
5. Review cognitive and behavioral issues common in the elderly.
6. Discuss current care standards in the treatment of common geriatric conditions in long term care.
7. Discuss pharmacotherapeutic adjustments recommended when treating elderly patients for such conditions as: depression, delirium, and hormone treatment.
8. Identify geriatric polypharmacy risk factors.