Sensory Impairment in Older Adults and Drug-Related Side Effects – Online Continuing Education (CE) Self-Study
By Shirley Cheung, BSc. Pharm, BCGP
1. Describe the age-related changes that occur in the major senses: vision, hearing, smell and taste.OVERVIEW
2. Recognize the risks associated with sensory impairment and its impact on the older population.
3. Identify medications that can cause or worsen sensory impairment.
4. Describe the pharmacist’s role in preventing and managing drug-related sensory side effects.
Sensory impairment is currently one of the most common disabilities reported by the elderly in Canada. (1,3)
Although most seniors consider it a normal sign of aging and do not pay much attention to it,it’s prevalence will only continue to grow as the senior population (one of the fastest growing age groups in Canada) is projected to rise considerably. (1,2,4)
In fact, by 2036, up to 10 million seniors will make up 23-25% of the total population. (4)
As drug experts, pharmacists are in a unique position to help minimize the impact of sensory impairment in the older population. By assessing for sensory side effects and optimizing drug therapy, pharmacists can reduce the burden of sensory impairment and help older adults achieve a better quality of life.
CCCEP Program #: 1474-2019-2717-I-P Accreditation Period: January 27, 2020 to January 27, 2021 CEU’s: 1.25 (1.25 Contact Hours).
This self-study activity is accredited by The Canadian Council on Continuing Education in Pharmacy as detailed above.
Quiz must be completed and passed at 70% grade or higher in order to see the link for the course evaluation. Once the course evaluation is completed, the certificate of attendance is attached in the Thank You message.
Course must be completed in full by January 27, 2021 to receive continuing education certificate.
Shirley Cheung is a clinical geriatric pharmacist based in Edmonton, Alberta. Although she started her pharmacy career in community practice, Shirley has been involved in geriatric pharmacy for over 15 years and obtained board certification in 2013. She currently practices at Safeway Continuing Care Pharmacy (Sobeys National Pharmacy Group), which provides pharmaceutical care to patients at all levels, from home care to long term care. An avid supporter of pharmacy education and expanded scope of practice for pharmacists, she also currently serves on the professional development committee for Alberta Pharmacists’ Association.