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On The Rise: Substance Use Disorders Among the Elderly (2HR)

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On The Rise: Substance Use Disorders Among the Elderly (2HR)

Substance use among the elderly is not just a reality but also a growing problem. Seniors are especially vulnerable because of the unique challenges they face from the natural aging process. This population’s health needs continue to be ignored, which places them at a higher risk for alcohol and drug abuse.

Incorporating age-sensitive and age-specific treatment practices into programs is important for engaging older clients and improving their retention in treatment. The older adult population is culturally, racially, and ethnically diverse. Recognize and address diversity and health disparity issues related to aging. Collaboration among service providers across settings is essential when working with older adults who misuse substances, particularly for those with co-occurring medical conditions and mental disorders.

Upon completion of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Determine the epidemiology and substance use trends substance use among the elderly.
  • Identify and address warning signs of illicit substance use.
  • Apply Preventative Approaches: Techniques for guiding choices.

Social workers completing this course receive 2 General/Substance-Specific asynchronous continuing education credits.

For other board approvals, this course qualifies for 2 hours of Clinical, Evidence-Based Practices, Substance-Specific and General Skill Building continuing education training.

Course Instructor: Dr. Paul Hardy

On The Rise: Substance Use Disorders Among the Elderly (2HR)