Substance Use Disorders in Later Life

Dates:March 19 - April 23, 2021
Meets:F from 10:00 AM to 12 N, 6 sessions
Location:Online Zoom
Instructor:Kimberly Burton
Fee: $210.00

Fri., Mar. 19-Apr. 23, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. EST

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Course Description

Older adults are the highest utilizers of medications and the prime targets of highly effective pharmaceutical advertising. Unfortunately, messages promoting the use of medications and other substances such as marijuana and alcohol are not balanced with education about the impact of substances in older bodies. Age related vulnerabilities exacerbate the potential for negative consequences when using substances in later life and individuals over the age of 55 are noted to be the fastest growing population in need of addiction treatment. This course explores: consumption trends; levels of risk; age related vulnerabilities; issues of use, misuse and abuse; strategies for prevention, and options for intervention, treatment and recovery in the older adult population.