The C.A.R.E.S. Continuing Education Program

The C.A.R.E.S. continuing education program is designed for Alabama pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to provide an overview of Medicare and the roles of the Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) with the primary goal to help pharmacists and pharmacy staff effectively and efficiently assist Medicare beneficiaries. This program, funded by Alabama Department of Senior Services (ADSS), will be made available to community pharmacists in Alabama at no cost. The program is taught by Dr. Salisa Westrick, Associate Professor of Health Outcomes Research and Policy and managed by the Harrison School of Pharmacy, Auburn University.

After completion of the CE program, participants will receive certificates from Alabama Department of Senior Services (ADSS) to signify that they are Certified Aging Resource Educated Specialists (C.A.R.E.S.).

This online program is convenient to busy health care providers like pharmacists, as they can complete it at their own pace.


C.A.R.E.S. Training

Format: Online 3 hour CE

ACPE#: 0001-0000-15-022-H04-P

ACPE#: 0001-0000-15-022-H04-T



  1. Describe the four parts of Medicare, including Medicare coverage, eligibility requirements, enrollment process and cost-sharing mechanisms
  2. Explain how Medicare beneficiaries sign up for or change Medicare Advantage and Medicare Prescription Drug Plans
  3. Identify Medicare beneficiaries’ barriers to selecting a prescription drug plan or a Medicare Advantage Plan
  4. Discuss the need to assist Medicare beneficiaries with limited income
  5. Identify federal and state programs available for Medicare beneficiaries with limited income and their eligibility requirements
  6. Describe the role of the Alabama Department of Senior Services (ADSS) and the Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs)
  7. Describe the ADRC programs in terms of their objectives and eligibility requirements
  8. Explain how pharmacists and technicians can be involved in assisting Medicare beneficiaries, especially those who have limited income