For more information contact: Boonshoft School of Medicine, Judi Engle, Office of Public Relations, (937) 775-2951

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 2, 2007

Symposium Focuses on Geriatric Drug Therapies

Geriatric imageDayton, Ohio - A symposium focusing on the health issues of older adults will be held Saturday, May 19, from 7:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., in the Berry Room at Wright State's Nutter Center. The event is designed for physicians, nurses, hospice care professionals, pharmacists and anyone who is interested in providing better health care to older adults.

The conference, "Issues in Geriatric Pharmacotherapy: A Multi-disciplinary Update," will present a spectrum of geriatric conditions and medications therapies and an in-depth update of practical information on how to deal with the health issues of the older adult.

Topics covered during the event include:

  • What the aging body does to alter the effect of medicines;
  • Pharmacotherapy of hypertension, heart disease,and diabetes;
  • Assessment of pharmacotherapy issues surrounding dementia in the elderly;
  • Insights into advanced directives and Power-of-Attorney for the elderly;
  • Managing complex pain in the elderly patient;
  • Nursing considerations and opportunities in drug therapies for the elderly;
  • Pharmacotherapy issues surrounding the palliative care of elderly; and
  • Improving medication adherence among the elderly.

"The burgeoning numbers of older adults in today's managed health care systems challenges all health care providers to provide high quality health care while balancing cost-effective medical decisions," says William Tindall, Ph.D., R.Ph, professor of family medicine at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. "This event will provide medical professionals with in-depth updates and practical information to help deal with these challenging issues."

This symposium has been approved by both the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education and the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. To register or for more information, contact the Department of Family Medicine at (937) 775-1480. Download a PDF of the Brochure.