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Recorded Webinars


Polypharmacy and the Elderly


Presented by Michael J. Schuh, B.S., Pharm.D., MBA, FAPhA

What is polypharmacy? There are many definitions of polypharmacy. One all-encompassing definition for our purposes is, one patient's simultaneous use of multiple medications and/or supplements to treat one or more medical conditions. The medication-related problems (MRPs) that may result from polypharmacy significantly increase the risk of poor medical outcomes and the cost of healthcare.

Polypharmacy is a common medication management challenge in the elderly population. Adults older than age 65 often have more chronic and acute medical conditions than younger people, so older adults take more medications to treat these many conditions. This, in turn, creates more opportunity for adverse drug reactions (ADRs), drug interactions (DIs) and other MRPs to occur. Elderly patients may have declining renal and liver functions to metabolize medications, may have declining cognition, and may be less able to ambulate in a normal fashion, increasing the risk of falls. As the senior population grows, so will MRPs, giving rise to an increased need for specialists who can help manage polypharmacy.

In this timely and practical webinar for the multidisciplinary care team, Dr. Michael J. Schuh, B.S., Pharm.D., MBA, FAPhA, will provide an overview of polypharmacy, including its risk factors and an examination of the associated poor medical outcomes. Additionally, Dr. Schuh will provide strategies for the care team to mitigate MRPs, ADRs and DIs, and will examine case studies to help put these learnings into practice.

Learning Objectives
Participants in this webinar will be able to:

  • Describe the clinical and healthcare cost impact of polypharmacy.
  • Discuss the risks involved with polypharmacy.
  • Implement effective strategies to minimize MRPs associated with polypharmacy.

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Social Isolation among Older Persons


Presented by Dr. Sandra Edmonds Crewe, MSW, PhD, ACSW

Social isolation is a growing health crisis. Despite its name, it is in plain view and begs attention. With the growing number of older persons who are at risk, health professionals and caregivers should be on alert to identify and respond to symptoms. Eradicating social isolation is within our reach. Doing so can save lives.

Because of its overwhelming negative effects, eradicating social isolation is one of the 13 grand challenges identified by the profession of social work. Current research recognizes that social isolation is well documented for its detrimental effects on health and well-being across the life span. For older persons, researchers posit that up to 50% will have some experience with social isolation or loneliness. These data support the importance of increasing awareness of social isolation with the aim of intervening and increasing the quality of life of older persons across different cultures.

In this timely and practical webinar for the multidisciplinary care team, Dr. Sandra Edmonds Crewe will examine the clinical features of social isolation, with a particular focus on identifying and intervening in social isolation as experienced by older adults.

Learning Objectives
Participants in this webinar will be able to:

  • Understand social isolation and health effects
  • Identify risk factors of social isolation and social exclusion
  • Expand knowledge of promising interventions
  • Implement practices and interventions that can be used to eradicate social isolation

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Hoarding Treatment:
Options and Outcomes for Older Adults


Presented by Catherine Ayers, PhD, ABPP

Hoarding Disorder was added to the DSM-V in 2013, but healthcare professionals and other members of the care team continue to face significant challenges when implementing interventions for individuals with this mental health disorder. Because the clinical recognition of Hoarding Disorder is relatively new, few healthcare professionals have extensive training in the diagnosis and treatment of Hoarding Disorder. Additionally, Hoarding Disorder is a challenging mental health issue, particularly in older adults who hoard.

This webinar will examine the clinical features of Hoarding Disorder and will set forth evidence-based treatment options for individuals with Hoarding Disorder, with particular focus on interventions for older adults. Discussion of the roles of the multidisciplinary care team, as well as local responses to hoarding in the community, and available resources will be discussed. The multidisciplinary care team will leave the event with actionable strategies to improve care for individuals struggling with Hoarding Disorder.

Learning Objectives
Participants in this webinar will be able to:

  • Apply the DSM-5 TR criteria for Hoarding Disorder in a clinical setting and demonstrate knowledge of the characteristics uniquely associated with Hoarding Disorder in older adults.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the distinctive features, deficits, and treatment of Hoarding Disorder.
  • Utilize and implement five techniques when interacting with an older adult presenting with Hoarding Disorder.

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Improving Care Transitions:
Data and Strategies to Achieve Success


Presented by Katherine Watts, LMSW, ACM-SW, and Kelly A. Tappenden, PhD, RD

Interventions to improve care transitions and reduce hospital readmissions must be patient-centered and address social determinants in addition to medical needs so that patients can stay in their homes. Patient-centered care focuses on the patient's physical comforts and emotional wellbeing. Social determinants of health are the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age and include factors like physical environment, social support, and access to health care.

Interventions that use a patient-centered approach can lead to improved health outcomes and reduced expenses throughout the care continuum. Successful and effective care transitions require the involvement of and execution by numerous members of the care team including doctors, nurses, exercise physiologists or physical therapists, occupational therapists, dietitians, psychologists, social workers, case managers and caregivers.

This webinar will include an examination of the data relating to and characteristics of successful care transition programs. The multidisciplinary care team (MDs, RNs, PTs, OTs, RDNs, Social Work professionals) will leave the event with actionable strategies to improve transitional care.

Learning Objectives
Participants in this webinar will be able to:

  • Discuss the latest data relating to transitional care interventions in relation to health outcomes and costs of care.
  • List common characteristics of successful transitional care programs.
  • Utilize patient-centered considerations of social determinants and specific medical needs in the discharge planning process.
  • Interface with members of the multidisciplinary care team to maintain continuity and coordination in successful care transition interventions.

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Sponsored by Right at Home.


Recorded Webinar

Home-Based Cardiac Rehab:
Designing an Effective Approach


Presented by Karen Collins, MS, RDN, CDN, FAND, and David Schopfer, MD

Home-based cardiac rehab is emerging as an effective alternative to hospital-based cardiac rehabilitation, with observed improvements in access, participation and outcomes. The design and implementation of a successful home-based cardiac rehab program requires the involvement of and execution by numerous members of the care team including doctors, nurses, exercise physiologists or physical therapists, occupational therapists, dietitians, psychologists, social workers, case managers and home care professionals. This webinar will provide an overview of home-based cardiac rehab programs and give the multidisciplinary care team ideas for designing and implementing a home-based cardiac rehab program.

Participants in this webinar will be able to:

  • Explain the recent literature supporting the case for home-based cardiac rehab
  • Identify and discuss three clinical cases that are appropriate for home-based cardiac rehab
  • Describe the approaches and tools necessary for effective implementation of home-based cardiac rehab
  • Differentiate the roles of the members of the care team in executing home-based cardiac rehab

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