Substance Abuse in the Elderly

  • What Can I Do If I Suspect Dad Is Addicted to Prescription Medication?

    Addiction to prescription pain medication is common among the elderly, so it is crucial to evaluate your loved one's usage, behavior and overall health.

  • The Hazards of Alcoholism in the Elderly

    Age-related changes in the body, chronic health conditions, prescription medications and other factors can magnify the effects of alcohol consumption and jeopardize a senior’s health.

  • How to Tell the Difference Between Prescription Drug Abuse and Misuse

    Most seniors take several medications daily, which puts them at an increased risk of misusing their medications and even developing an addiction. Be aware of red flags that may indicate an aging loved one is not taking their prescriptions as directed.

  • The Dangers of Narcotic Painkillers

    There are legitimate uses for narcotic pain relievers, but these drugs can easily, unintentionally be abused. To keep your loved one safe, it's important to be aware of the dangers of narcotic painkillers.

  • Helping vs. Enabling: How to Strike a Balance While Caregiving

    Family members are often forced to decide between giving in to what a senior wants (or demands) and doing what is best for them. A veteran caregiver offers her tips for recognizing the difference between helping and enabling a loved one.

  • Prescription Drug Abuse Skyrocketing Among Elderly Population

    Recent statistics indicate that the number of elders addicted to prescription medication is increasing by the day. Caregivers must be alert to the signs and symptoms of prescription drug abuse.

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  • The Growing Problem of Prescription Drug Addiction in Seniors

    Seniors don’t fit the stereotype of a drug addict, but as many as 17 percent of adults age 60 and over abuse prescription medications. Knowing the red flags to look for can prevent a serious accident.

  • Help America Start Talking About Opioids

    Millions of Americans are prescribed opioid pain medications, but discussions on safe usage and how to reduce the risk of an overdose have fallen by the wayside. Learn how you can help keep yourself and your loved one safe while taking these medicines.

  • Financial Stress Alters Elderly Drinking and Smoking Habits

    Financial stress may lead elders to drink and smoke more. Financial stress may be compelling certain groups of elderly to drink and smoke more while simultaneously encouraging other groups to drink and smoke less.

  • Dementia and the One Drink Rule

    Alcohol can affect the elderly in different, more profound ways than it effects younger people. Unfortunately, Charlie enjoys wine a little bit too much.

  • How to Stop Engaging in Unhealthy Behaviors to Relieve Caregiver Stress

    Are you struggling with caregiver stress and finding it difficult to practice self-care? Use these six steps to replace unhealthy coping mechanisms with beneficial habits that relieve stress and anxiety.

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