Among the elderly, falls are the top cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries. This program aims to bring awareness to the importance of falls as a geriatric syndrome as well as identify assessment tools that can be used to detect which patients are at risk for falls and patients who do fall. This program will also review evidence based interventions for the prevention and management of falls.
In this activity, Dr. Lindquist discusses the best approach for dealing with common concerns of geriatric patients, such as sudden weight loss, memory loss, insomnia, and other issues. Through case discussions, learn how to address these topics with the elderly patient’s best interests in mind.
Dr. Valencia will use a case study to help clinicians recognize falls as a geriatric syndrome with major implications on society and help implement evidence based interventions to prevent and manage falls in the elderly.
Dr. Galluzzi will discuss the best approaches for screening seniors and the elderly for cancers and other diseases. She will explain the cost-benefit analyses a physician should employ before ordering screening tests in their geriatric patient population and discuss generating a practical strategy for determining the stopping age for cancer screening.
This activity will include discussion of the sources and severity of pain in older patients. The pharmacology of the drugs available to treat pain in the elderly will be examined. Additionally, Dr. Conolly will review aspects of the aging body which make treating pain in the elderly different from treating pain in younger patients.
Dr. Lindquist will address a new movement in Geriatrics called "Lifespan Planning" or "4th Quarter Planning.” Different than end-of-life, lifespan planning helps seniors and their families plan for the 5-20 years before death (e.g. 70 y/o, 80 y/o, 90 y/o), as seniors experience progressing disability and increasing home needs. A freely available online tool (Planyourlifespan.org) will be discussed to help seniors and their families complete lifespan planning, linking them to local and national services (e.g. caregivers, area agencies on aging, social services, etc.).
Dr. Nemeroff will review the signs of aging, along with diseases and conditions that cause behavioral changes in this population. He will discuss some common myths about aging and how to combat these via judicious use of resources available to a primary care practitioner.
It is estimated that one out of 10 older adults experiences some form of abuse or neglect by a caregiver each year. Learn about screening tests and evaluations that a physician can use to detect elder abuse and neglect and acquire skills to outline plans for an intervention in cases of elder abuse.
Dr. Crocco uses a clinical case to illustrate strategies to improve care for dementia patients and support their caregivers.
Dr. Caralis discusses issues unique to abuse in elderly patients and provides guidance to primary care providers for ways to intervene to prevent or report elder abuse, neglect and exploitation.
In this Clinical Coffee Break, Lee Lindquist offers practical steps for helping elderly patients and their families plan for medical emergencies, hospitalization, rehabilitation and placement in a skilled nursing facility.
In this short activity, Dr. Charles Nemeroff will discuss strategies for handling depression in the elderly. He will review strategies to tailor antidepressant treatment to the individual patient based on presenting signs, comorbidities, and the needs of the patient.