Senior Care Pharmacists help older adults with multiple chronic illnesses
Posted Jun 10 2009 6:43pm
“Treating an illness is one thing. What about a patient with many?” Is an article written in the New York Times by Siri Carpenter. This article talks about how common it is for the elderly to have multiple chronic health conditions (2/3 of people over 65 years of age) and how they are being overlooked by our health care system. Dr. Tinetti, a Yale geriatrician, said that “very often, there is nobody looking at the big picture or recognizing that what is best for the disease may not be best for the patient.” On the same line, Fred Powledge, an elder with over a dozen diagnoses said: “What’s missing is someone who can look for at the big picture and see my health as a whole.” People with multiple chronic health conditions are looking for someone who could “juggle all the diagnoses and prescriptions and look for conflicts and duplications;” and what better person to perform this other than a pharmacist. There are special types of pharmacists- one being Senior Care Pharmacists, who could help these patients. These pharmacists have acquired an extensive knowledge on how to take care of our geriatric population and some of them are even Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacists (CGP). They would be able to fulfill the needs of the senior population that are not being met by the rest of the health care system by preventing further complications and improving their overall quality of life.