Managing Urinary Incontinence in Older Adults- Pharmacy Technician


  Credits  1.5

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Urinary incontinence (UI) is a common condition in older adults. An estimated 30% to 50% of elderly women and 20 to 30% of elderly men are affected. Up to 10% of all nursing home admissions are attributed to UI, and over 50% of nursing home residents have UI. Incontinence can have a profound effect on well-being and quality of life; sufferers often experience social isolation, anxiety, depression, impaired sexual relationships, insomnia (if nocturia occurs), and an increased risk of falls and fractures. Other health consequences include urinary tract infections and urosepsis from urinary retention and indwelling catheters, and skin infections and pressure ulcers from constant moisture and irritation. Among community dwelling individuals in the U.S., the total cost of care including evaluation, treatment, home care, and nursing home admission was an estimated $14 billion in 2000. Despite its impact, UI is underreported by patients, underdetected by clinicians, and undertreated. Embarrassment, a belief among both patients and clinicians that UI is a normal part of aging, and an assumption that not much can be done for UI in older adults are key factors. Community healthcare providers can reduce the impact of UI by informing patients and other clinicians that effective management is attainable. This issue will present an overview of UI and the recommended, stepwise approach for managing the most common types in older adults. This issue will review the medications used for the treatment of urge UI and overactive bladder (OAB), including 6 antimuscarinicantimuscarinic agents and newer medications such as mirabegron (MyrbetriqTM) and onabotulinumtoxinA (BOTOX®). Medications used in the management of stress UI will also be discussed.


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Course Information

Target Audience

Tech 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:
  • CE Broker
  • Universal Activity Number:
    Pharmacy Technician : 0428-0000-13-002-H01-T
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.

In order to obtain a Statement of Credit, attendees must answer poll questions where presented and complete a program evaluation. Attendees may immediately print their Statement of Credit or leave them stored on the website.

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.