Substance Use Problems and the Older Adult

Late-onset abuse of alcohol and other substances among older adults presents a serious and complex challenge related to co-morbid illness, medication management, and late-life loss of social networks. Learn interventions and treatments that can improve health and enhance life satisfaction. Identify effects of these substances on the elderly, symptoms of abuse, three instruments for assessing abuse, and effective treatment strategies.

At a glance

What: Substance Use Problems and the Older Adult

When: Last offered Oct 6, 2016. Check back for next offering.

Where: Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St., Madison, WI

Cost: $145

Continuing education credit: 5 hours (0.5 CEUs), 5 CECH (CHES) contact hours

Flo Hilliard

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For additional information, contact SUZANNA WATERS CASTILLO, MSSW, PhD: 608-263-3174




Learning objectives

  • Explain how the brain responds to substance abuse in late life.
  • Compare and contrast the impact of alcohol on the body between older adults and the general adult population.
  • Identify the allowable amount of various alcohol products for persons 65+.
  • List 3 screening tools for geriatric alcohol abuse.
  • Describe the potential for medication mismanagement as a substance abuse issue in aging.
  • Explain the potential adverse side effects of alcohol on prescription medications for older adults.
  • Explain how Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral and Intervention (SBRI) can be effectively used for elderly people with alcohol problems.