Substance Abuse in the Elderly Articles

  • 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.

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  • The Hazards of Alcohol Use and Abuse Among Seniors

    Alcoholism is often overlooked in the elderly. Failing to recognize when an aging loved one has a drinking problem can lead to severe health issues and can even endanger others’ well-being.

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  • How to Tell the Difference between Prescription Abuse and Misuse

    Older adults often take multiple medications each day, increasing their risk for intentionally abusing or mistakenly misusing prescription drugs.

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  • 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.

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  • The Difference Between Helping and Enabling an Elderly Loved One

    Whether dealing with a difficult personality or addiction, how can you tell the difference between helping and enabling an elderly loved one? A caregiver outlines her strategy for deciding if the assistance being provided is truly helping.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • How to Stop Engaging in Unhealthy Behaviors to Relieve Stress

    People who are under a lot of pressure, like family caregivers, often find it difficult to practice self-care. Use the following steps to work through unhealthy coping mechanisms and find beneficial activities that will more effectively relieve stress.

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