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The Older Adult: The New Face of Addiction

The Older Adult: The New Face of Addiction

The Older Adult: The New Face of Addiction

Ann Eshenaur Spolarich RDH, PhD
Ann Eshenaur Spolarich RDH, PhD
on behalf of Colgate Oral Health Network

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Launch date: 06 Mar 2017
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Last updated: 07 Mar 2017

Reference: 169790

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This course is only available to trainees days after purchase. It would need to be repurchased by the trainee if not completed in the allotted time period. This course is no longer available. You will need to repurchase if you wish to take the course again.

Description

This course will examine the widespread problem of substance abuse and addiction among older adults. Elderly adults present with higher risks for cancer, infections and infectious diseases due to past and continued use of alcohol, tobacco and illicit drugs. Dependency on prescription drugs is widespread with a multi-factorial etiology.  Normal physiologic changes in aging alter drug handling in the body, contributing to increased side effects, toxicities and overdose.  Strategies for how to safely manage these patients in the dental setting will be discussed.

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Upon completion of this continuing education course, the participant will be able to: Identify substances that are commonly abused by elderly individuals. Describe risks for cancer, infections and infectious disease associated with drug use among elderly patients. Discuss assessment strategies used to determine suitability for elderly patients to receive dental treatment safely.
Ann Eshenaur Spolarich RDH, PhD

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Ann Eshenaur Spolarich RDH, PhD
on behalf of Colgate Oral Health Network

Ann Eshenaur Spolarich is an internationally recognized author and speaker on pharmacology and the care of medically complex patients. She has presented over 800 lectures and has over 80 professional publications. She is Clinical Associate Professor and Associate Director of the National Center for Dental Hygiene Research & Practice at the Ostrow School of Dentistry at the University of Southern California; an Adjunct Associate Professor and Course Director of Clinical Medicine and Pharmacology at the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health, and a Clinical Instructor on the Dean’s Faculty at the University of Maryland Dental School. Ann is also an independent educational and research consultant, and practices dental hygiene part-time, specializing in geriatrics.

Current Accreditations

This course has been certified by or provided by the following Certified Organization/s:

  • American Dental Association Continuing Education Recognition Program ( ADA CERP)
  • 1.00 Credits
  • Academy of General Dentistry (PACE)
  • 1.00 Hours

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