When Less Is More: Managing Medication for Older Adults


As the population of older adults increases, pharmacists face new challenges. This timely session will explore going beyond the Beers criteria and guidelines to help your patients safely reach their treatment goals. Attendees will learn from experts how to use real-world evidence to manage multiple medications for older adults.

Pharmacist Learning Objectives

At the completion of this application-based activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Develop strategies to address geriatric syndromes when evaluating medication regimens.
  2. Explain how to individualize a patient’s treatment goals and medication regimen to account for changes associated with aging.
  3. Evaluate the usefulness and limitations of Beers criteria and practice guidelines for the geriatric population.
  4. Evaluate the medication regimen of a senior patient to identify medication-related problems and resolve polypharmacy.
  5. Discuss therapeutic goals for geriatric patients using a shared decision-making approach that is based on patient-specific factors, including functional status, patient and family preference, and quality of life.
Sunny Linnebur, PharmD
University of Colorado
Robert Page, PHARMD, MSPH
University of Colorado
Learning Level: Level 2
Track: Pharmacist Clinical Patient Care Services, Ambulatory Care, Early New Practitioner, Advanced New Practitioner
Session Time Slot(s): 
Monday, March 25
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Washington State Convention Center - Room 615-617
ACPE Pharmacist: 0202-0000-19-098-L01-P
CEUs Pharmacist: .2
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