213440 Pharmaceutical use and misuse among the older population

Monday, November 9, 2009: 11:30 AM

Frederic C. Blow, PhD , Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Health Services Research & Development, Serious Mental Illness Treatment Research & Eval. Center;, Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Many older adults are at an increased risk for medication problems partly due to the dramatic increases in prescribed psychoactive medications. With the aging of the Baby Boomers, it is expected that the number of people in late-life with psychoactive medication misuse/abuse is likely to increase substantially in the coming decades. This session will focus on findings related to psychoactive medication problems, and signs and symptoms of psychoactive medication misuse. Potential strategies for addressing problems with psychoactive medications will be addressed.

Learning Objectives:
Describe the unique characteristics of people with late-life psychoactive medication use and misuse. Identify key signs and symptoms of late life psychoactive medication abuse.

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