An Overview of Hypertension | Conditions of the Older Adult

Learn more about hypertension in the elderly and discover practical tools and strategies to manage this condition. 


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This course provides a comprehensive overview of hypertension in the elderly population. The focus will be on the unique characteristics and considerations of hypertension in older adults, including causes, diagnosis, and management strategies. Through therapeutic options, participants will learn the latest guidelines and recommendations for hypertension management in the elderly, and explore the use of various medications and lifestyle changes to control blood pressure and reduce the risk of associated complications. By the end of the course, participants will have a better understanding of hypertension in the elderly and be equipped with practical tools and strategies to manage this condition. 

This module is extracted from the Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (BCGP) Preparation Course. The content in this module provides current treatment guidelines for all populations and are not necessarily specific to geriatric care. 

Learning objectives:

By the end of this course, you should be able to:  

  • Explain the pathophysiology and indications for treatment in the elderly   
  • Describe the therapeutic options in the elderly   
  • Outline Canadian and American guidelines for hypertension treatment in the elderly   
  • Summarize the pharmacist’s role  

Course outline:

  • Learning Module
  • Multiple Choice Exam
  • Program Evaluation

Course at a glance:

  • 1.5 hours to complete
  • 1.5 CEUs
  • Course Expiration Date: December 1, 2023
  • Online
  • Accreditation: 8003-2023-3626-I-P
  • Completion requirement: Complete the course’s online modules, complete the multiple-choice exam with a score of 70 per cent or higher (two attempts), and complete the program evaluation.

Who should take this course:

This online professional development program is developed for pharmacists who would like to increase their confidence and practice knowledge in managing conditions of older adults.  

Development Team:

  • Laura Tsang, RPh (PharmD)
  • Justin Lin, RPh (PharmD, BPS)
  • Karen Riley, RPh (BScPhm, Pharm D, BCPS, BCGP, BCACP, CDE)