Clinic Hosts Theme Afternoon: Nutrition in Old Age and Unique Aspects of Medication Administration

The Frankfurt (Oder) Clinic warmly invites you to attend the next themed afternoon as part of the AOK Pfiffs training program. This free event, featuring nutritionist Anja Dehl and pharmacist Ulrike Theilemann, will be held on June 11, 2024, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the clinic’s atrium.

As people age, various changes can impact their diet, limiting food choices and leading to inadequate nutrient and fluid intake. Issues such as dental problems, slower digestion, and a reduced sense of thirst are common, as well as psychosocial factors like loneliness and living conditions. Nutrition expert Anja Dehl will discuss these changes, emphasizing the importance of critical vitamins in old age and how to meet these needs through proper food choices.

“It is crucial to understand why adequate vitamin supply is important for health in old age and which factors can influence vitamin and mineral absorption, such as combining vitamin C with iron-containing foods to improve iron absorption,” emphasizes Anja Dehl.

In the second part of the event, pharmacist Ulrike Theilemann will discuss the unique aspects of medication administration in the elderly. She will cover the rising prevalence of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular conditions, diabetes, and neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s, which often necessitate multiple medications. Theilemann will also address physiological changes in old age, such as declining gastrointestinal function, reduced organ function (particularly kidney and liver), and cognitive and physical limitations that can affect drug therapy. Additionally, she will explain potentially inappropriate medications (PIM) in the elderly.

“PIM refers to medications that have an unfavorable benefit-risk ratio in old age, potentially causing cognitive impairment, promoting falls, or leading to severe side effects,” explains Ulrike Theilemann.

Both speakers will provide practical tips for everyday life and answer individual questions during the subsequent discussion. The themed afternoon is open to all relatives and patients and will conclude with coffee and cake.

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