Regional Clinical Director Deer Oaks Behavioral Health
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Senior Adults experiencing Dependence and Addiction to prescribed medications are a growing national problem and can harm not only the Senior Adult, but effects Family Members, Friends, and Caregivers. This presentation provides helpful peer review literature about this national epidemic while connecting Gradual Dosage Reduction (GDR) as a potential Resiliency for reducing Senior Adult abuse of prescribed medications. The presentation provides strategies for helping GDR chances for success for positive health and outcomes for the senior adult experiencing Dependence and potential Addiction to prescribed medication(s).
Discuss foundational information about gradual dosage reduction (GDR) as written in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) guidelines.
List three potential GDR challenges when a senior adult has history of Substance Use Disorder (SUD).
Define three helpful strategies for supporting senior adults during GDR that includes a team approach to patient care identifying risks and resiliencies.
Summarize information regarding prevalence and identification of addiction in senior adults.