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Elderly and Alcohol

Alcohol abuse by senior citizens is a growing problem and one that is often undiagnosed.
  1. Alcohol Dementia

Older Drinkers More Impaired by Moderate Alcohol Consumption
If you are over age 50 and you have a couple of drinks when you go out to eat, you may want to take some extra time before getting into the car and driving home.

Alcohol and the Elderly
Although alcohol and substance abuse is statistically at epidemic porportions among the elderly, it remains mostly unreported.

Aging Baby Boomers and Alcohol
As more Baby Boomers turn 65 years old, many of them may need to adjust their attitudes toward alcohol consumption.

2 Drinks Can Slow Reactions in Seniors
As few as two alcoholic beverages can slow reaction times in older drinkers, demonstrating that impairment begins long before the blood-alcohol level for legal intoxication.

Unhealthy Drinking Increasing Among Older Adults
A substantial number of older adults are drinking at higher than recommended levels and it is a growing problem that is often ignored or missed by many healthcare providers.

Early Interventions Could Save Medicaid Millions
Early intervention for substance abuse could not only improve the health of aging Americans, but could save Medicaid millions of dollars in medical costs, according to a new study from the Center for Health Policy and Research.

Baby Boomers Still Drinking, Doing Drugs
In spite of getting older, a significant percentage of the Baby Boomer generation continue to use illicit drugs and binge drink, putting themselves at medical risks which could put further strains on the nation's health care system.

Baby Boomers' Treatment Needs May Double
As the Baby Boomer generation continues to grow older, the percentage of older Americans who use illicit drugs is increasing dramatically. This could mean that substance abuse treatment services required for adults 50 and over may double by the year 2020.

Nation's Addicts Are Getting Older
As more Baby Boomers move into the over 50 years of age category, the average age of Americans seeking treatment for substance abuse is continuing to increase.

Social Factors Influence Senior's Drinking
Older adults who are socially active, have friends who approve of drinking and have more money are more likely to be heavy drinkers in their senior years. At the same time, heavy drinking may influence whether older adults are engaged in more social activities and who they choose as their friends.

Heavy Drinking Affects Thinking in Senior Women
If you are 60 years old or older and drink more than the recommended guidelines for moderate alcohol consumption, you could run the risk of losing memory and other cognitive functions, especially if you are a female.

Older Adults More Likely to Abuse Alcohol, Not Drugs
Four out of five people of retirement age who seek substance abuse treatment do so because of alcohol problems, instead of abuse of drugs, indicating again that alcohol abuse by older adults is a growing and many times ignored problem.

Why Are Older Drinkers More Sensitive to the Effects of Alcohol?
Why are older people affected differently by alcohol?

Identifying Elderly Alcoholics
Less than half of alcoholics over 65 are diagnosed, a Penn State study has shown, because often the telltale signs of alcohol dependence are masked by patient denial and seeming good health.

Older Alcoholics Receive Equal Heart Attack Care
Older Americans with alcohol abuse problems do not get substandard care, compared to non-drinking patients, when they are hospitalized for a heart attack, according to a new study that contradicts previous studies that indicated some may get worse treatment.

Computer Program Detects Substance Abuse in Older Adults
Computerized screening instruments for drug and alcohol abuse can help identify substance abuse in older adult patients who may not report substance-related problems and appear to be less likely than younger adults to seek help for them.

Study: People Drink Less as They Age
A new UCLA study shows that people drink less alcohol as they age -- but drinking among those who were born in earlier years showed a faster decline than among people born more recently.

Alcohol and Aging
Although the extent of alcoholism among the elderly is debated, the diagnosis and treatment of alcohol problems are likely to become increasingly important.

Drinking Linked to Disability
Men and women over the age of 50 are more likely to be disabled if they have a persistent history of problem drinking, according to a Duke University study.

Few Treatment Programs Designed for Seniors
Fewer than one in five existing substance abuse programs in the United States offers services specifically designed for older adults, according to a University of Iowa investigation.

New Resource to Help Older Adults
These new materials will help providers in the aging services community better cope with issues related to medications, alcohol and emotional problems among older people, and learn how best to provide the knowledge and support they need to deal effectively with these issues.

Older Adults and Depression
In a given year, between one and two percent of people over age 65 suffer from major depression and about two percent have dysthymia.

Alcoholics' Suicide Risk Increases With Age
A study has found that middle-aged and older alcoholics are at greater risk for suicide than young alcoholic adults. This was the first study of a sample of adults across the age spectrum that explicitly focused on factors that increase the risk for suicide.

New Generation of Drunks
A study from the Washington University School of Medicine confirms that more-recently born individuals have higher rates of alcohol dependence than their elders.

Aging and Addiction
Older adults age quickly when addicted to alcohol or mood-altering prescription drugs. They lose their health, their mental clarity, and their ability to live independently years earlier than other people their age.

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