Polypharmacy — What Is It, and How Do I Avoid It?
January 9, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pmFree
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
This presentation will focus on the dangers of polypharmacy. What is overmedication, or medication overload, and how can you address it? In the US, 40% of people take 5 or more regular medications, which can increase the risk of falls, hospitalizations, and other bad outcomes. Polypharmacy can result from the appropriate treatment of multiple medical problems, but needs to be minimized to help reduce the harmful risks of medications. This program will focus on the types of drugs to avoid and how to have a conversation with your healthcare professional about which medications are right or wrong for you.
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR ALL ATTENDEES PRIOR TO THE EVENT
Check in will begin 15 minutes prior to the program beginning.
PARKING AND BUILDING LOCATION
The best way to locate our building is to search 5025 Riverway Drive, Houston TX 77056 in your GPS and it should take you to the corner adjacent to our building.
Due to ongoing construction in our area, please refer to our Designated Program Parking Areas map for directions on where to park. Designated parking areas will be highlighted in blue. Please do not park in the areas highlighted in red.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Holly M. Holmes, MD, MS, AGSF, Associate Professor and Joan and Stanford Alexander Chair in Gerontology
Dr. Holly Holmes is an associate professor and Division Director of Geriatric and Palliative Medicine at McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. She is a geriatrician and prior pharmacist whose clinical and research interests are centered on optimizing care for vulnerable older adults with cancer and multiple comorbidities. Dr. Holmes attended medical school at The University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center. She completed her Internal Medicine residency and her Geriatrics fellowship training at the University of Chicago.
Dr. Holmes has several years of research experience as a clinician and health services researcher in geriatric pharmacoepidemiology and geriatric oncology. Her primary research has been focused on medication-related issues in older persons, using administrative data, and has been support by the National Institute on Aging and the Hartford Foundation. Her research has included evaluation of chronic medication use patterns in hospice patients.