Insomnia in the Elderly
Insomnia is a prevalent condition in the elderly. While Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is always preferred as first line management, patients often require medication therapy leading to a constant struggle between the safety of drugs in this population and the negative impact of insomnia on quality of life. This activity will provide an opportunity to participate in a complimentary live or home study continuing education webcast to address the challenges of optimally managing insomnia in the elderly.
Activity Information
We all know that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is preferred for the management of insomnia in the elderly, yet 1/3 of all elderly patients take medication to sleep at night. Consultant and senior care pharmacists are often faced with trying to manage insomnia in this population. So, what is the sleep science behind geriatrics and difficulties with insomnia? And how do we optimally manage insomnia in the elderly?

All pharmacists are invited to register for a complimentary 90-minute live webinar (or enduring home study webcast following the live webinars) focusing on challenges in optimally managing insomnia in the elderly. With 3 different dates and times to attend and receive live CE credit, mark your calendars and get registered! Miss the live webinars? No worries! The enduring home study webcast is also available complimentary. Targeted to consultant and community pharmacists, this 90-minute webinar will feature a sleep specialist and board-certified geriatric pharmacist (one of ASCP's own members) teaming up to provide insights into sleep science and conditions commonly associated with insomnia in the elderly while diving deep into the safety concerns and recommendations surrounding medications that treat insomnia. Dr. Roth and Dr. Saffel are ready to take your questions following the live webinars!
Activity Schedule
Live Webinar Airing #1
November 19, 2018
10:30a - 12:00p ET
Live Webinar Airing #2
December 11, 2018
8:00p - 9:30p ET
Live Webinar Airing #3
December 19, 2018
10:30a - 12:00p ET
Home Study CE
December 20, 2018 - June 20, 2019
Registration Information
This activity is ACPE accredited by PharmCon, Inc. and hosted on Registration requires a free account. If you do not have a account, you will have the opportunity to create one after clicking the registration button.
Activity Details
Financial support has been provided through an educational grant from Merck & Co.

ACPE Universal Activity Number: 0798-0000-18-204-L01-P / 0798-0000-18-204-H01-P

At the completion of this activity, the participant will be able to:
  • Review the basic science of sleep knowledge necessary to care for elderly patients with insomnia
  • Recognize the impact of insomnia in the elderly to include comorbidities commonly encountered as well as the consequences of untreated or inadequately treated insomnia
  • Review properties of medications used to treat insomnia to include efficacy, safety, and mechanism of action
  • Describe safety concerns of insomnia medications frequently used in the elderly to include BEERS list status
  • Identify key counseling and follow up points for elderly patients receiving drug therapy to treat insomnia
Additional Resource
The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) released its second updated and expanded Beers Criteria® - lists of potentially inappropriate medications for older adults - and one of the most frequently cited reference tools in the field of geriatrics. The Society also unveiled a suite of new companion resources - including a list of alternative therapies for potentially inappropriate medications and more detailed guidance on best practices for implementing AGS recommendations - all published FREE on GeriatricsCareOnline.

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