The older adult population is expected to almost double between the years of 2008 and 2030. Compared to other birth cohorts, the "baby boomers" have exhibited heavier alcohol use and illicit drug intake than any other group of people born before them. Excessive drinking and substance abuse in the early years of life increases the probability of developing an addiction/abuse problem in later life. The purpose of this curriculum was to increase knowledge of social workers and master's level social work students on the subject of older adult medication and alcohol abuse. This curriculum explores the physical, mental, behavioral, and psychiatric symptoms and repercussions of alcohol and medication abuse amongst older adults, as well as treatment for older adults with medication and alcohol problems.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 49/02M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Mental health, Gerontology, Social work, Aging, Public health|
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