Substance Abuse and the Older Adult

by Carla Kaylor

This research attempt to help bring to light the growing problem of substance abuse and the older adult. It briefly touches on some of the obstacle and options for identifying and treating the older adult with the misuse, abuse and dependency of alcohol, prescription medications, over-the-counter medications and some common illicit drugs. It touches on the importance of further research needed as well as educating staff members, providers, the patient and their families and those in close contact with the abuser. Some commonly used tools are included in the article.

Year Manuscript Completed

Fall 2017

Senior Project Advisor

Thomas Hales FHFMA, LFACHE

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Integrated Studies Degree

Field of Study

Health Care Administration

Document Type