Older Adults and Opioids – Webinar Series

The Older Adults and Opioids – Webinar Series has two sessions left that will be held via Zoom on Thursday May 28, 2020 and Thursday June 18, 2020.

More information and registration can be found here

The Opioid Epidemic – How we have gotten to this point, its’ effects on older adults, and where do we go from here?
Presenters: Thomas Caprio, MD, MPH, MS, Professor of Medicine/Geriatrics, Dentistry, Clinical Nursing, & Public Health Sciences, Director, Finger Lakes Geriatric Education Center (UR-GWEP), University of Rochester Medical Center; Ann Olin, MA, CRC, CASAC, CCM, Program Manager, Geriatric Addictions Program, Lifespan of Greater Rochester
Date: Thursday May 28, 2020, 12:30pm—1:30pm

This session will review the three waves of the opioid epidemic: prescription opioids, heroin, and synthetic opioids putting into context the relative lack of knowledge concerning the needs of older adults throughout the crisis. We will examine the unique aspects of addiction and substance misuse for older adult patients/client and describe strategies to engage older adults and caregivers in reduction of harm and engagement in treatment programs.


Alternatives to Pain Medications
Presenter: Anna Ratka, PharmD, RPh, CPE, Professor and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Wegmans School of Pharmacy, St. John Fisher College
NEW DATE: Thursday June 18, 2020, 12:30—1:30pm

Management of pain without medication provides patients with an effective option for relief of pain. The non-pharmacological therapies aim to treat the behavioral, affective, cognitive, and other non-somatic dimensions of the pain. The rationale behind using alternatives to pain medications will be presented in context of pain complexity. Several tools and methods used as alternatives to pain medications will be reviewed. Contributions of the non-pharmacological therapies to management of pain will be discussed in terms of holistic care of pain patients.