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Multiple Sclerosis in Older Adults MS10 23 October 2024

Course Details

Date: 4 October 2023
Time: 1300-1600 hrs (GMT)
Accreditation: 3 CPD Hours (CPDUK)

Course Description

 The Multiple Sclerosis in Older Adults: Assessment and Management course is specifically designed to provide healthcare professionals with the necessary knowledge and skills to effectively assess and manage multiple sclerosis (MS) in older adults. As the population ages, the prevalence of MS among older adults is increasing, presenting unique challenges in diagnosis, treatment, and care.

Course Aims

This course focuses on understanding the complexities of MS in the context of aging, including age-related considerations, comorbidities, and the impact on overall health and well-being.

Course Objectives:

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the unique challenges and considerations in diagnosing MS in older adults.
  2. Recognize the specific clinical presentations and manifestations of MS in older adults.
  3. Identify and manage age-related comorbidities and complications in older adults with MS.
  4. Have an overview of treatment plans for older adults with multiple sclerosis, considering the benefits and risks of disease-modifying therapies and symptom management strategies.
  5. Coordinate care and promote interdisciplinary collaboration in the management of MS in older adults.
  6. Recognize the unique needs of caregivers and provide support and education to enhance their role in the care of older adults with MS.

Course Outline:

1. Introduction to MS in Older Adults

  • Epidemiology and prevalence of MS in older adults
  • Age-related changes and their impact on multiple sclerosis progression

2. Diagnosis and Assessment in Older Adults

  • Challenges in diagnosing MS in older adults
  • Diagnostic criteria and tools specific to older adults
  • Comprehensive assessment of older adults with multiple sclerosis

3. Treatment Approaches in Older Adults

  • Disease-modifying therapies for older adults with multiple sclerosis
  • Managing comorbidities and age-related complications
  • Symptom management and supportive care strategies

4. Cognitive and Psychosocial Considerations

  • Cognitive changes and challenges in older adults with multiple sclerosis
  • Psychological well-being and mental health support
  • Rehabilitation strategies for cognitive and psychosocial impairments

5. Promoting Physical Well-being

  • Physical activity and exercise in older adults with multiple sclerosis
  • Management of mobility and balance issues
  • Assistive devices and adaptations for older adults with multiple sclerosis

6. Care Coordination and Interdisciplinary Collaboration

  • Interdisciplinary team approach to managing MS in older adults
  • Care coordination and communication among healthcare providers
  • Engaging caregivers and providing support to enhance their role

7. Ethical and End-of-Life Considerations

  • Ethical dilemmas and decision-making in the care of older adults with multiple sclerosis
  • Palliative and end-of-life care considerations
  • Advance care planning and discussions on prognosis

Teaching Methodology:

  • Live webinar
  • Lectures with multimedia presentations
  • Case-based discussions and interactive sessions
  • Q&A sessions

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This is an interactive live webinar on 4 October 2023