Accreditation The American Medical Directors Association (AMDA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Designation Statement: The American Medical Directors Association designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
AMDCP Credit Designation: This session has been approved for a total of clinical 1.5 credit hours toward certification as a Certified Medical Director in Long Term Care (CMD).
Session Description: This session will discuss a palliative approach to caring for elderly patients with multiple chronic conditions. The first 45 minutes will focus on principles of pain management and provide multiple easy to remember tips on how to approach pain in the elderly using case-based teaching. The final 45 minutes will address other common symptoms seen in geriatrics such as fatigue, depression, dyspnea and nausea. Presenters will provide several short cases with practical pearls and discussion for each case. Time will also be allotted to attendees for question, answers and case review.
List principles in pain assessment and narcotic prescribing in the elderly.
Develop a plan to address common risks in pain management for geriatric patients.
Name three tips related to starting and stopping medications.
Identify simple treatment approaches for addressing fatigue, depression, dyspnea and nausea.
Speaker(s): Melinda Henderson, MD, CMD; Brian Heppard, MD; Tanya L. Stewart, MD
Reference(s): Gozalo P. NEJM. 2011 Rodriguez K. AmJ Geriatr Pharm.2010 Rurup M. BMC Pall Care. 2010 Hanlon. JAMDA. 2010 Cordner Z. JAGS. 2010 Meier D. Geriatric Palliative Medicine. Oxford Publishing Morrison. JPM 2002