Counting Heffalumps: Insomnia in the elderly (a geriatrician’s POV)

Wendy Chiu, Canada

Assistant professor
Division of Geriatric Medicine, Dept. of Medicine
McGill University


At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Generate a differential diagnosis of insomnia when assessing patients with sleep concerns
  • Instruct patients concretely on some strategies for non-pharmacologic sleep management
  • Prescribe hypnotics judiciously and sparingly in the elderly population
  • Understand causes of thus create management strategies for insomnia in patients with major neurocognitive disorders (dementia.)
  • Better resist the lure of charging their smart phone overnight within arm's reach in bed (!)

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