Clinic Hosts Themed Afternoon: Nutrition in Old Age and Special Medication Administration Considerations

The Frankfurt (Oder) Clinic warmly invites you to the upcoming 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 atrium.

As we age, various changes can impact our diet, limiting food choices and leading to inadequate nutrient and fluid intake. Factors such as dental problems, slower digestion, and a reduced sense of thirst play a role, as do psychosocial factors like loneliness and living conditions. Nutrition expert Anja Dehl will address these changes and emphasize the importance of critical vitamins in old age, along with strategies to meet these needs through appropriate food choices.

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

In the second part of the lecture, pharmacist Ulrike Theilemann will discuss the special considerations for medication administration in old age. She will cover the increasing prevalence of chronic diseases like cardiovascular conditions, diabetes mellitus, and neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s, which often necessitate multiple medications. She will also explain the physiological changes in aging, 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 address potentially inappropriate medications (PIM) for the elderly.

“PIM refers to medications that have an unfavorable benefit-risk ratio in old age. They can lead to cognitive impairment, promote falls, or cause 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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