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Pharmacist Recognized for Care of Older Adults

Published on 19 July 2016

Today, there are more than 43 million adults over the age of 65. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that number will nearly double in the next 30 years. Scott Martin Vouri, Pharm.D., MSCI, BCPS, CGP, FASCP, assistant professor at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, is among the many health care professionals who believe pharmacists are integral to helping older adults reach their health goals.

“Baby boomers, who have just begun to turn 65, are much more active than their parents were at that age,” Vouri said. “They’re not letting anything hold them back, including their increasing number of prescriptions. That’s where pharmacists step in.”

Vouri was just named the 2016 recipient of the Alene and Meyer Kopolow Award for Geriatrics, Psychiatry, and Neurology. He is the first pharmacist to receive the award. It is presented annually on behalf of the Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging during the Friedman Lecture at the Washington University in St. Louis Institute for Public Health in recognition of stellar contributions to the care of older adults.

In addition to his faculty appointment at the College, Vouri is a clinical pharmacist at the Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine Older Adult Assessment Clinic. His current work, funded by a KL2 Career Development Grant through Washington University Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences and the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, focuses on medication interactions. He’s investigating how medication side effects can be misdiagnosed as symptoms of another health issue in older adults.

Vouri was nominated for the Kopolow award by Dr. Susy Stark and Emily Sommerville in Washington University’s program in occupational therapy. Awards are supported with funds from the Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

Photo courtesy of Whitney Curtis

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