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Learning objectives

  • How alcohol and other commonly used psychoactive substances affect the elderly
  • Treatment strategies that are effective with older adults
  • Skills to work effectively with older adults who abuse substances
  • How alcohol and other drugs that have the potential for addiction affect motivational systems in the brain
  • How effects on the motivational systems in the brain can affect behavior
  • To recognize signs and symptoms of substance abuse in older adults
  • To use instruments to assess substance abuse in older adults
  • To identify problem gaming and gambling in older adults