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Medications and the Elderly

What you need to know about making prescription medications safe for older persons

Medications and the Elderly

What you need to know about making prescription medications safe for older persons
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Are you or someone you care about taking a lot of prescription medications? Do you sometimes wonder how safe this is? Are you a baby boomer wanting to stay healthy as you age? Do you care for older persons, as a nurse, personal support worker, or other health care professional?

This course will help you to understand the issues surrounding medication safety. It will also give you the knowledge and resources to help the elderly, and yourself, to get the best results possible from prescription drugs.

In this course you will learn:

  1. Why medication safety matters to the elderly (or anyone else, for that matter)
  2. How physiological changes of aging can affect medication safety
  3. Barriers to medication safety and how to overcome them
  4. Actions we can take to promote safe medication use
  5. Lifestyle changes that can reduce the need for prescription drugs
  6. Ways to make the most of a doctor's appointment
  7. and essential questions to ask your doctor and pharmacist

By the end of this course, you will:

  1. Have the information you need to make informed choices about your own, or an elder's you care for, prescription medications
  2. Understand why the elderly have unique issues with prescription medication safety
  3. Gain some tools and strategies to increase medication safety and optimize wellness
Who this course is for:
  1. Older persons who want to become knowledgable health care consumers and take medications safely
  2. Baby boomers wishing to maximize their wellbeing as they age
  3. People who care for and about an older adult who takes medications
  4. Health care professionals who work with the elderly
  5. Anyone interested in medication safety

About the instructors

Carol Casey

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Carol works as a community nurse and has degrees in Gerontology and Adult Education. She is passionate about learning, health, and personal growth. She lives with her husband, books, and garden in Blyth, Ontario, Canada.

She is the proprietor of Learn for Life, an internet resource for learning and personal/professional development. Her other interests include reading, writing poetry and spoiling her two amazing grandsons.

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