Most aging people use medication (prescription or over-the-counter) to treat a variety of chronic or symptomatic problems. This course seeks to define the nursing role in medication management with aging clients or patients. An understanding of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics related to the aging body will assist the gerontological nurse in understanding drug reactions. Reasons for drug misuse and abuse will be explored and strategies developed to improve drug regime compliance. High risk medications and polypharmacy will be discussed. Tools to assist with medication profile analysis will be presented.