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The proportion of the population that is over the age of 65
is growing globally. Those in the baby boomer cohort will soon all be age 50 or
older. Along with the increasing numbers
in this older age cohort, there is a parallel upward trend of alcohol use and
other drug use in older adults. As we age alcohol and other drug use places us
at greater health related harm. This course provides the learner with an
overview of the growing prevalence of at-risk substance use in older adults and
strategies for the prevention and reduction of substance use associated harm.
These strategies include an evidenced based approach called screening brief
intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT). The course will provide
information relevant to improving health and reducing substance use related
harm for those who are older, their primary care givers and health care
WEEK 1: Substance use and the older adult: how common is it and why should we care?
Who is a baby boomer: the aging population
Introduction to substance use and the older adult
Prevalence of substance use among those over the age of 50
Understanding substance use related harm and the older adult
WEEK 2: The aging body and the use of alcohol and drugs – what are the risks?
Acute effects of alcohol
Substance use disorders in the older adult
Alcohol and aging
Long term effects
WEEK 3: Reducing substance-related harm in the older adult
Introduction to prevention
Harm Reduction Model for prevention
IOM prevention model for substance use disorders
WEEK 4: Screening for at-risk substance use in the older adult
Introduction to screening
Domains of substance use and substance use disorders
Screening and assessment
WEEK 5: Brief interventions and referral to treatment - healthy choices