Sensory Impairment in Older Adults and Drug-Related Side Effects (CPCAC)


Sensory impairment is currently one of the most common disabilities reported by the elderly in Canada. (1,3) Although most seniors consider it a normal sign of aging and do not pay much attention to it,it’s prevalence will only continue to grow as the senior population (one of the fastest growing age groups in Canada) is projected to rise considerably. (1,2,4) In fact, by 2036, up to 10 million seniors will make up 23-25% of the total population. (4) As drug experts, pharmacists are in a unique position to help minimize the impact of sensory impairment in the older population.  By assessing for sensory side effects and optimizing drug therapy, pharmacists can reduce the burden of sensory impairment and help older adults achieve a better quality of life.



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