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Senior Living Assisted Care Facilities and the Issue of Alcohol and Drug Abuse by the Senior Residents

Drug abuse, alcoholism and the usage of intoxicants is on increase not only among youth but in elderly also. Elderly living in assisted living residences are no exception and it is no exaggerated fact that they are even more inclined to substance abuse than the rest of the lot. As per the findings of The New York Times, as much as 70% of assisted living residents are prone to drinking alcohol, which is alarming. Abuse of everything is bad, let alone

How treating addiction in the elderly is different from treating addiction in younger people

Addiction in the elderly is the most underestimated and underdiagnosed issue. Once diagnosed, the treatment is yet again another whole new dimension. There are numerous differences between the older generation and the young people when it comes to treatment of addiction and recovery from this habit. Their physical bodies and brain are quite different. It has been found that addiction is on the rise in people who are 55 or older in America. These people mainly come from the 1960s and

What to look for when searching for a rehab center?

Drug abuse is life threatening and rehabilitation from alcoholism or drugs can be a lifesaver. Rehab centers all around the world are occupied by drug abusers of all ages, both male and female. If you are looking for help for yourself or a loved one there are many factors to consider before choosing an appropriate rehabilitation center. When looking for a rehab for elderly you should be very careful and research deeply on factors like: The treatment you are expecting Before choosing the

Helping Older Adults Overcome Alcohol or Drug Dependence

Over the past few years, the elderly population is growing rapidly in America with about more than 45 million adults over the age of 65. The first step in helping the older adults to overcome their alcohol or drug dependence is to help them in identifying their addiction. They have grown up in an alcohol and drug-friendly culture. The sad fact is that they are taking their addictions with them to their proceeding age without even realizing it is, in

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The Causes of Addiction In The Elderly

Substance abuse is critically dangerous at any age but when it comes to the elderly the severity of it is even greater. Drug/alcohol abuse among senior citizens over the age of 60 is most under-diagnosed due to many factors and that is what makes it, even more, life threatening. The causes of substance abuse among the elderly include: Retirement Death/Loss of a loved one Chronic illness or memory loss Conflicts in the family Loneliness/depression Lack of mobility Financial strain Insomnia Moving away from hometown etc. Coping with old age itself is

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Implications for Patients, Caregivers, and Clinicians Brought by Aging and Addiction

Addiction is a disease which takes over the the addict slowly but deeply from within. Fighting off addiction at the very first and then steering clear of the urge to relapse is yet another battle to be fought. In this battle, the addict requires firm support and help from its loved ones, caregivers, and clinicians who are standing hand in hand with him as he fights off this aggressive and enormous monster. The patient’s caregivers, loved ones, clinicians, and doctors are

The Danger of Substance Abuse in Older Adults

All people who are victims of substance abuse are prone to physical and mental health issues. And this problem is more severe in people who are over 45 years of age. Their bodies will get weakened and will not be able to defend themselves against such over-indulgence and this will give way to the rapid decline of their health. Alcohol has a major impact on the mental functioning of the seniors and in older people the enzymatic activity in liver