By Carol Colleran
Habit between older adults is a hidden and hushed challenge. symptoms of alcohol or drugs abuse can simply be incorrect for stipulations concerning getting older. or even whilst neighbors or kin realize indicators of dependancy, they typically the necessity for intervention or remedy. With an anticipated 3 million older americans suffering from alcohol and drug misuse and abuse, getting older and dependancy is a much-needed source. The authors, either specialists within the box of dependancy therapy and intervention, supply a deferential, definitive consultant for spotting and addressing substance abuse between older adults. Key subject matters contain: realizing the connection among getting older and dependancy, discovering support for a family member, and spotting the therapy wishes of older adults. Key beneficial properties and advantages authors are well known specialists within the box of habit addresses one of many nation's such a lot underestimated, less than handled illnesses offers how-to-help info for kinfolk and acquaintances
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The alcohol is viewed as a peripheral part of the whole picture rather than the lead player. ” Eleanor was a social butterfly at seventy-one years old. She was attractive, energetic, financially independent, and active. She golfed, played bridge, traveled the world, threw endless dinner parties for her many friends, and enjoyed the company of gentlemen eager to wine and dine her. Although Eleanor had a long history of alcoholism and medication addiction, she hid her problems from her children. She wintered in Florida, making it easy to live a double life.
They were concerned when she forgot conversations and appeared confused. They worried because she wasn’t paying bills on time and had two minor car accidents in six months. They decided she was too old to take care of herself and started looking for an assisted-living facility. It didn’t occur to them that their mother, who rarely took a drink in the first sixty years of her life, was suffering from the life-threatening disease of chemical dependency. Once they understood that addiction was her primary problem, they talked with her doctor and intervened.
Older women consume 60 percent of all prescription and over-the-counter medications. The number of prescriptions written for older adults averages fifteen prescriptions per older person per year. 9 million of these prescriptions are for tranquilizers. Although it’s true that older adults have increased medical needs, these statistics beg the question: Are our elders overmedicated? Many things can lead to medication addiction. For example, a sleep inducer that shouldn’t be used for more than a week or two is instead prescribed for several years for an older patient’s complaints of insomnia.