CLI GE540 - Geriatric Psychopharmacology

(Credits: 2)

This course addresses psychopharmacological interventions with older adults. Major topics include the aging process and response to drug treatments for a variety of psychiatric conditions and in the management of agitation, pain, sleep, and behavior disorders. The prescription, management, and use of psychotropic medications will be discussed in reference to the collaborative practice among health care providers across professional disciplines in the interest of patient-centered care. Ethical issues related to pharmacologic interventions with older adults will be explored, including end-of-life pain management. Medication use among older adults will be addressed in relation to cultural diversity and individual differences, rights, values, and spirituality.