Nearly one-third of individuals 65 and older suffer with excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS), a condition marked by persistent sleepiness and a tendency to fall asleep at inappropriate times.
Left untreated, EDS can increase the risk of falls, affect memory, lead to mood disorders and cognitive impairment, and exacerbate existing medical conditions. It can also significantly impact an individual’s quality of life. Thus, it is important that healthcare professionals who work in long-term care facilities and other geriatric settings become familiar with the symptoms of EDS and the underlying medications and medical and psychiatric conditions that cause it, as well as recommended treatments.
Caring for Long Term Care, Assisted Living and Home Care Patients with Excessive Sleepiness employs a multidisciplinary approach to provide physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other long-term care and geriatric health professionals with the information they need to identify and treat EDS in their patients, regardless of the setting.
After completing this activity, participants should be able to:
- Use clinical case studies to identify individuals with excessive daytime sleepiness.
- Describe the differentiating neurophysiology of EDS of various etiologies.
- Demonstrate the ability to establish and maintain effective treatment strategies for patients with EDS
- Identify optimal treatment outcomes for EDS using clinical case studies
Charles Cefalu, MD
Chief, Section of Geriatric Medicine
Professor of Internal Medicine
Louisiana State University School of Medicine
Director, Geriatric Medicine Program at MCLNO
Co-Director, Center on Aging
New Orleans, Louisiana
This self-paced course is designed for physicians who care for elderly patients in long-term care facilities, assisted living, home care, or on an outpatient basis.
PHYSICIAN ACCREDITATION STATEMENT
This activity has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 1.75 credits by the American Academy of Family Physicians. AAFP accreditation begins February 1, 2009. Term of approval is for two years.
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When finished listening to all the content, complete the post test, credit application and evaluation found at the end of the activity. You must receive a test score of at least 75% and respond to all evaluation questions to receive a certificate. You will have three opportunities to successfully complete the test.
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This program is supported by an educational grant from Cephalon.
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