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NCEA Opioid Podcast Series

Episode 1: Pain Management and Elder Abuse

About the Podcast

Chronic pain can be difficult to manage, which can lead to opioid abuse and forms of elder abuse occurring simultaneously.  In this episode, Eden Ruiz-Lopez interviews Dr. Tatyana Gurvich for a discussion on pain management and the exploration of pain alternatives. Get an understanding from a pharmacist’s perspective that no patient is the same, and that medications may have different effects on each person. Included in this discussion is when pain management can cross the lines into abuse, as well as common red flags to look out for. Factors such as polypharmacy and access to over-the-counter medications may all play a part in opioid abuse. Listen in for tips on pain alternatives and how to reduce opioid use and misuse. 

Speakers

Eden Ruiz-Lopez, MPA

Assistant Deputy of the National Center on Elder Abuse

Tatyana Gurvich, Pharm.D., BCGP

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pharmacy at USC School of Pharmacy

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Episode 2: Elder Abuse and Opioid Misuse

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Concerns encompassing opioid misuse continue to increase, and with little information available, attention has turned to more preventative measures for the at-risk older adult population. In this podcast, Julie Schoen, JD, and Dr. Kaloostian discuss elder abuse, its red flags, and its linkage to substance abuse. Tune in as they take a deep dive on extrinsic factors at play, knowledge from the front lines, and best practices for health care professionals and family members.

Speakers

Julie Schoen, JD

Deputy Director of the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA)

Carolyn Kaloostian MD, MPH

Associate Professor of Clinical Family Medicine/Geriatrics

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Episode 3: Medications and Elder Abuse

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As we age physiologically, we change, and are more vulnerable to the side effects of medications. Medications are powerful and can be used as a tool of control. Learn more from the clinical perspective on how the misuse of medications and systemic factors can be contributors to risk of elder abuse, in addition to the prevention and intervention framework to help us all prevent elder abuse. 

Speakers

Laura Mosqueda, MD, FAAFP, AGSF

Co-director of the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA)

Theresa Sivers-Teixeira, MSPA, PA-C

Instructor of Clinical Family Medicine

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Special Thanks to Judith D. Tamkin

We are sincerely appreciative to Judith D. Tamkin for her gift to help establish the USC Center on Elder Mistreatment’s website. Her deep and personal commitment to eradicating elder abuse is helping to reshape our understanding of elder abuse and ultimately save innumerable older adults from abuse and neglect.