This session examines common deficiencies in the long term care population. The first presentation will discuss the importance of the high rate of vitamin B-12 deficiency in the elderly. Providers should stay alert to B-12 deficiency in the elderly to prevent irreversible neuralgic damage. Diagnosis, absorption and treatment will be explained using animation. The second presentation examines Vitamin D deficiency and the clinicians struggle on how to address the high prevalence of this deficiency in patients. This presentation reviews data on supplementation and provides a rationale on how and when to measure vitamin D status in patients being considered for supplementation.
Discuss the effects of Vitamin B-12 on tissues
Identify various treatment options for vitamin B-12 deficiency
Recognize the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in the long-term care setting
Develop strategies for supplementation of vitamin D