In Collaboration with the Department of Family Medicine at Queen’s University

Held monthly between September and June, these education sessions feature care issues particular amongst residents of long-term care facilities. Sessions focus primarily on the educational needs of medical residents from the Department of Family Medicine at Queen’s University and the continuing educational needs of Long-term Care Home-based physicians in South East Ontario.

This information sheet outlines and provides details of 3 helpful tips for the older adult to keep medications in check: 1) keeping an accurate record 2) learn as much as they can 3) regular communication with the health team. 1 Page.

This website provides a “Knowledge is the best medicine” (KiBM) program with tips and information for the older adult and families to help them take control of their health and work with the prescriber and the healthcare team to manage their medicines safely and appropriately. Resources include information on "Know your medicines" "Know your health care team", "Know your health" along with a template to create a personalized Medication Record booklet and an IPhone app.

This patient handout lists and provides information about 4 immunizations (Influenza, Pneumococcal, Td booster, Herpes Zoster) available for the older adult and rationale as to why the older adult should receive them. 3 Pages.

This information sheet provides tips for elderly patients and families to minimize their risk of adverse reactions when taking multiple drugs. 1 Page.

This brief highlights factors the physician should consider when prioritizing or stopping prescription medications.
2 Pages.

This article describes the best approaches to reduce adverse drug events in the elderly. The summary and tables provided highlight best practices. 8 Pages

This Beers Criteria document provides a table on categories of drugs to avoid in older adults with rationale, quality of evidence, strength of recommendations and links to reference data. 14 Pages.

In this study, the polypharmacy prevalence was found to range from 19% to 83% and the corresponding prevalence of inappropriate drug use was found to range from 27% to 56%. Thus, polypharmacy and inappropriate drug use are common phenomena among the elderly and drug treatment tends to increase over time. The researchers concluded that polypharmacy and IDU (inappropriate drug use) is a common phenomenon among older people but IDU did not differ between primary care and hospital patients. 8 Pages

Based on data from the 1996/1997 (institutional component) and 1998/1999 (household component) National Population Health Survey, this article identified that seniors were major consumers of prescription medications, over-the-counter (OTC) products, and natural and alternative medicines. Almost all (97%) seniors living in long-term health care institutions were current medication users (medication use in the two days before their interview), as were 76% of those living in private households. Over half (53%) of seniors in institutions and 13% of those in private households used multiple medications (currently taking five or more different medications). 9 Pages.