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Name of Workshop/Presentation

Addictions and Seniors

Date and Time

July 26, 2019         8:30am -11:30pm

Location

RIALA Nursing Training

Description of Presentation

The baby boomers came from a time of sex, drugs and rock, a time filled with marijuanaLSD, and cocaine use. Now decades later, drug use among baby boomers is reaching epidemic levels. With heroin use doubling, cocaine use quadrupling, and prescription drug abuse increasing at alarming rates among those ages 53 to 71, the problem is one we need to be aware of and begin to formulate treatment strategies.

Because baby boomers are well established in their lives and often live alone, their substance abuse often goes unnoticed. The data, however, paints a clear picture. According to the SAMHSA, the frequency of illicit drug use among baby boomers nearly doubled from 2002 to 2013.  While there has been an increase in substance abuse across the board, the three most common substances abused by this age group are alcohol, marijuana, and prescription medications.  Drugs and alcohol affect the body more as it ages, which is why according to the Center of Disease Control, accidental drug overdose rates are higher among baby boomers than individuals ages 25 to 44. Prescription medications are the biggest culprits when it comes to accidental overdoses among baby boomers.

But another problem among this group is also emerging, those living on the street and being placed in assisted living and treatment facilities, bringing even more problematic drug abuse issues with them -- including cocaine, heroin and over the counter medications -- and a set of attitudes not seen in this age group before.

This workshop will explore the issues of drug addiction among seniors from multiple socio-economic groups, including the co-occurring problems that come with addiction such as homelessness, criminal activity, sexually transmitted diseases, and financial exploitation.  

Learning Objectives

  1. Demographics of the aging population especially in relation to the “boomers”

  2. A look at the physiology of aging with the focus on how it influences abuse problems in the elderly

  3. The prevalence of substance abuse in the geriatric population

  4. Examine risk factors and special dynamics of the “boomer” population

  5. Co-occurring issues with addiction

  6. Look at the reasons the diagnosis of substance abuse is a low priority

  7. Reviewing treatment options

Presenter 

To Schedule an event or RSVP

To schedule an event or to RSVP a time for the tour that is scheduled at your facility, call Don Drake at Connelly Law Offices, Ltd. - 855-724-9400.  

Rhode Island, Southeastern Massachusetts and Eastern Connecticut Elder Law Attorney

Don Drake, LADCI, Connelly Law Offices, Ltd.

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