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BCGP Clinical Session -- Self-Care Considerations in Older Adults: Integrating Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Monday, October 28, 2019 from 4:15 PM to 5:15 PM EST at 2nd Floor: Beekman/Sutton North

Available for 1.00 hours of CPE credit
Activity Number: 0204-9999-19-290-L04-P
Activity Type: An Application-Based Activity

The use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) has been increasing, especially in the older adult population with many surveys indicating at least half of those aged 65 years and older having tried a CAM therapy or practice. Many older adults utilize these practices, believing that they are generally safer and without consequence, resulting in most patients not disclosing CAM use to healthcare providers. It is important for geriatric healthcare providers, to acknowledge the increasing use of CAM therapies and have an understanding as to why the older adult is accessing CAM for their healthcare needs. This session will review the current trends of CAM therapy among older adults and discuss the perceived benefits among this population. This session will also highlight some of the more prevalent chronic conditions affecting the older adult and discuss the evidence surrounding the efficacy and safety of common CAM therapies utilized in their management.

  • Speaker: Emily M. Ambizas, Pharm.D., B.S.Pharm., M.P.H., BCGP
    Associate Clinical Professor, St. John's University, New York City, New York

Learning Objectives
1. Identify common reasons for complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use in the older adult.
2. Evaluate evidence in the literature for the safety and efficacy of CAM use by the older adult.
3. Develop recommendations for the appropriate use of CAM by the older adult.