VAINCRE LES TABOUS DU VIEILLISSEMENT : L'INCONTINENCE URINAIRE, LES ATTEINTES COGNITIVES ET LA POLYMEDICATION INAPPROPRIÉE CHEZ LES PERSONNES ÂGÉES

Chercheurs-boursiers - Senior | Concours 2012-2013


Cara Tannenbaum

Centre de recherche de l'Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal (IUGM)

 

Domaine : Vieillissement

THE SILENT TABOOS OF AGING: URINARY INCONTINENCE, MEMORY PROBLEMS AND INAPPROPRIATE PRESCRIBING, WHAT CAN WE DO?

While seemingly unrelated, the triad of incontinence, memory problems and medication inappropriateness often co-exists in elderly individuals and accounts for a substantial portion of geriatric decline. The overarching goal of my research program for Senior Chercheur Boursier is therefore to advance knowledge and contribute evidence for improving care of older adults with urinary incontinence, cognitive dysfunction, and medication inappropriateness The program includes three studies that address these issues. The first, « Continence across Continents » is a collaborative UK-Canada 3-year randomized controlled trial that will recruit 1,108 treatment-naïve older women with incontinence in order to test the effectiveness of two different continence promotion interventions. The second project, « The EMPOWER Study » is a randomized control trial that will recruit older adults taking five drugs or more from community pharmacies in the Greater Montreal Area in order to incite them to reduce their consumption of benzodiazepine medication, in order to reduce the risk of serious adverse effects. The third project, « The Brain-Bladder Study » will follow 375 incontinent men and women from Montreal and Sherbrooke to determine whether the anticholinergic medication that they take to treat their incontinence symptoms can lead to memory problems or not.