Health professionals who lack training in geriatrics may not be able to distinguish normal age-related changes from pathology. They may be unaware that physiologic changes that occur with aging can affect the way that medications are absorbed, distributed, metabolized and eliminated. They may not realize that the signs and symptoms of illness in older adults often present very differently than in younger adults. They may assume, incorrectly, that functional and cognitive decline, depression, and disability are inevitable consequences of aging. This can lead to misdiagnosis, under or over medication and treatment, increased hospitalizations, poorer outcomes, increased costs, and reduced quality of life for older adults and their loved ones.
Additional details about workshops are provided in the Program Calendar.
The RI Alzheimer's Association Caregiver Journey Conference - 6/25/13
The 2013 Thewlis Lecture on Gerontology and Geriatrics with Tim Carpenter: 3/20/13
Missed the live lecture? You can watch it now on URI’s YouTube channel.