Managing Psychotropic Medications for Older Adults

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

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What: Managing Psychotropic Medications for Older Adults

When: Wed, May 9, 9am-3pm

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

Cost: $150

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

Mental Health and Older Adult Certificates Spring 2018
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