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Thursday, August 15, 2024
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. via Zoom

Older adults are more likely than any other age group to take multiple prescription medications. One study showed that 83% of adults ages 60-79 took at least one prescription drug and 34% of adults ages 60-79 took at least five different prescription drugs within the past 30 days. Polypharmacy, or the regular use of five or more medications, can significantly impact their quality of life. Join Keiro and our guest speakers to learn more about:

  • Polypharmacy, and its potential causes and impact on older adults
  • Medication reconciliation as a tool to address polypharmacy
  • Tips for becoming a stronger advocate for yourself and your loved ones

Speakers

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Glen Komatsu, MD

Chief Medical Officer, Providence Hospice & Palliative Care Los Angeles

Glen Komatsu, MD

Chief Medical Officer, Providence Hospice & Palliative Care Los Angeles

Dr. Komatsu earned a BS in biological sciences at the University of Arizona and his MD at the Arizona College of Medicine. After completing a pediatric residence at UC Irvine Affiliated Hospitals and a neonatology fellowship at Long Beach Memorial/Miller Children’s Hospital, he entered private practice. He served as Medical Director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance from 1985-2004, as well as Director of Bioethics for Providence in the South Bay.

In 2004, Dr. Komatsu pursued the specialty of adult palliative care through a fellowship at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Harvard Medical School. Returning to California in 2005, he now serves as Chief Medical Officer for Providence Hospice Los Angeles and Regional Palliative Care Southern California, Medical Director for Providence Kids Care pediatric hospice and palliative care, Director of the Edmond R. & Virginia G. Doak Center for Palliative Care at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance, and Senior Advisor for Strategy & Education to Providence Institute of Human Caring.

In 2017, in partnership with Keiro, Dr. Komatsu helped launch Iyashi Care, which provides community-based palliative care services to the Japanese American and Japanese-speaking communities in Los Angeles and Orange counties.