Considerations in the Management of Older Adults with Diabetes- Pharmacist

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Currently, 20% of individuals 65 years or older, are diagnosed with diabetes mellitus (DM) and the risk increases with advancing age. The treatment of older adults with DM must take into consideration a number of non-drug and drug-specific factors. For example, besides advanced age, long-standing diabetes, coexisting health conditions, and hypoglycemia unawareness (a decreased ability to recognize the symptoms of hypoglycemia) predispose elders to hypoglycemia. Hypoglycemia has been linked with an increased risk of both adverse cardiovascular events and dementia. Because of these concerns, current national guidelines for diabetes goals and management may not be appropriate for all older adults. This issue discusses major geriatric considerations in the treatment of DM. It summarizes the benefits and risks of oral and injectable medications based on glucose control, tolerability, coexisting conditions, and ease of use in older adults.

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Course Information

Target Audience

Pharm/Nurse Drug Therapy

Knowledge Level

General Overview

This activity will apply to a broad range of learning needs/pharmacy settings. It may include common disease state/therapy overivews and/or general pharmacy needs such as medication errors, immunizations, or law topics.

Learning Objectives

Course Accreditation

  • Activity Type:
    Knowledge
  • CE Broker
  • Universal Activity Number:
    Pharmacist : 0428-0000-11-102-H01-P
PharmCon is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

PharmCon, Inc. is an approved course provider for continuing education for nurses by the Florida Board of Nursing. PharmCon is also recognized by the California Board of Nursing as a provider of nursing programs.

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Technology Requirements

  • Hardware Requirements
    Standard Windows/Mac System
    iPad or iPhone
    Minimum screen resolution: 1024x768
    Speakers or headphones
  • Software Requirements
    Standard Windows/Mac System
    iPad or iPhone
    Minimum screen resolution: 1024x768
    Speakers or headphones
  • Network Requirements
    Broadband Internet Connection:
    T1, Hi-speed DSL or Cable
    4G cellular connection
Computer sharing is NOT permitted due to accreditation guidelines on activity monitoring. Credit is earned by one user per device.