Managing Psychotropic Medication for Older Adults

Medication management of physical health problems in older adults can be extremely challenging. When adding psychotropic medications to the list, it becomes imperative to understand the therapeutic role that these medications play. Learn about managing medications for older-adult mood disorders, psychosis, dementias, and delirium; behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia; and current trends in medication therapy for late-life mental health problems.

At a glance

What: Managing Psychotropic Medication for Older Adults

When: Last offered May 3, 2017. Check back for next offering.

Where: Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St., Madison, WI

Cost: $145

Continuing education credit: 5 hours (0.5 CEUs), 5 CECH (CHES) contact hours

Instructor: Robert Breslow

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For additional information, contact Suzanna Waters Castillo, MSSW, PhD: 608-263-3174

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Approved CE hours for social workers, counselors, therapists, psychologists, and more

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Learning objectives

  • To describe the overall prevalence of mental health problems in late life
  • To describe the overall strategies for identifying and managing mental health problems in late life
  • To explain the rationale and selection of medication and non-pharmacologic therapy for dementia, delirium, depression, agitation, anxiety, and insomnia
  • To describe pharmacologic treatment approaches for the behavioral and psychological symptoms (noncognitive behaviors) of dementia
  • To explain the risks associated with atypical antipsychotics
  • Assist older adults to better manage their psychotropic medications
  • Give examples of how psychotropic medications may result in adverse reactions in the elderly
  • Explain what “discontinuation syndrome” is and its impact on older adults
  • Recognize problems of polypharmacy in older adults