Medications Explanation

Learn what you should know about the medications that you take. 

Safer Prescribing in Elderly Patients

This article takes a case study approach to introduce pharmacokinetic changes with aging, pharmacodynamic drug changes associated with aging, the impact of multiple medications,  considerations for UTI and risk of falls, 7 pages. Last reviewed October 2018.

Better Prescribing in the Elderly

This article  presents the importance of potentially inappropriate medications (PIMs) in the elderly. Guidance on deprescribing is provided. 7 pages. Last reviewed October 2018.

Problem-Based Deprescribing: A Practical Patient-Centred Approach to Promoting the use of Existing Deprescribing Resources in Frontline Care

This article discusses recent  resources available to support better prescribing for older adults. Case studies are utilized to illustrate how to operationalize problem-based deprescribing. 14 pages. Last reviewed October 2018.

Optimizing Medications in Older Adults With Cognitive Impairment

This publication aims to assist primary care physicians  understand important considerations when prescribing for older adults with cognitive impairment.  7 pages. Last reviewed September 2018.

Optimizing Medication Appropriateness in Older Adults: A Randomized Clinical Intervention Trial to Decrease Anticholinergic Burden

This article describes a randomized trial investigating the effectiveness of targeted patient-centred pharmacist-physician team medication therapy management (MTM) on clinical dementia rating (CDR). The findings show promise to optimizing outcomes for medication use in older adults.  10 pages. Last reviewed September, 2018. 

Health and Health Care for an Aging Population

This is a policy summary of the Canadian Medical Association which advocates for programs and supports to promote healthy aging; a comprehensive continuum of health services to provide optimal care and support ot older Canadians; and an environment and society that is "age friendly." 10 pages. Last reviewed September 2018.

Nov. 3rd, 2018 from 9am - 12pm at the St. George Banquet Hall, Waterloo.  The Centre for Bone Health presents a free education event titled ‘Osteoporosis: Updates & Controversies’ on Saturday, November 3 from 9 am to 12 pm. The event is scheduled to take place at St. George Banquet Hall in Waterloo, Ontario. Limited seats available. Please register for the event by October 19, 2018 at: or call Crystal Hughes @ 519-743-5201 ext. 233

Wed. Oct. 3rd, 2018 from 2-3pm EDT. Join presenters Barb Vermeulen & Johnathan Werynski as they discuss the basics of medical cannabis as well as an in depth look at available products, usage, administration methods and access to safe medication with an emphasis to the management of MS symptoms. To learn more or register, click here.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 12-1pm EDT. This free webinar features Andrew Morris, Sinai Healthy System, Susan Bronskill, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences and Lianne Jess, St. Michael's Hospital.   They discuss how frailty has been relatively unexplored as a predictor of exposure to potentially inappropriate medications or as an effect modifier of medication-related adverse events in vulnerable populations. Quantitative and qualitative approaches were used to understand the various factors that contribute to the prescribing of PIMs and associated poor outcomes among residents living with frailty across LTC settings. Four medication classes were examined: antimicrobial, antipsychotics, cholinesterase inhibitors and anti-lipidemics. To learn more or to register click here.