Senior Care Pharmacists

Pharmacist Assists Senior

Pharmacists are health care professionals responsible for the dispensation of prescription and nonprescription medications. They may advise physicians, nurses, or other health care professionals on the use of medications, and they also give patients instructions for taking and storing medicines. Senior care pharmacists, who are also known as geriatric care pharmacists, have expert knowledge regarding the medical conditions of the elderly and the treatments for these conditions. Many factors must be considered when treating the elderly, making this a complicated process. One factor to keep in mind is that older bodies react differently to medications than younger bodies. In addition, many older people have more than one health problem and take more than one medication. According to the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, more than 90 percent of American seniors have at least one chronic condition, and more than 75 percent have two. As people get older that number only increases. Because of factors such as these, senior care pharmacists work closely with other members of health-care professionals in caring for a patient. Senior care pharmacists' responsibilities include keeping records on their patients' drug regimens, advising health professionals on what medicines to use and giving training on how to use them, and monitoring patients' progress and adjusting medicines as needed.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Geriatric Care Pharmacists
Duties Dispenses and reviews prescriptions; consults with patients regarding their medications; consults/trains health professionals on administering medicines; monitors patients and their drug regimens
Salary Range $75,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide; states with large retirement communities, such as Arizona, Florida, California, or Texas.
Minimum Education Level
  • Doctorate
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Health
Experience Internship or part-time job
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Problem-Solving
  • Scientific
  • Interpersonal
  • Organizational
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Consulting Business Owner or Professor
  • Experienced Senior Care Pharmacist
  • Entry-Level Senior Care Pharmacist