Older Adults

 

Short video to begin to think about addiction in older adults... yes, it is often more difficult to diagnose ... maybe your loved one is waiting for you to help and afraid to ask for help. 
Expert, age-sensitive addiction treatment for older adults

Boomers & Plus are more at risk for addiction because of _________?
a)  Allergies
b)  Multiple diseases
c)  Sleep problems
d)  Self-medication
e) Metabolism changes
f) Uneducated on effects of alcohol use (even in small quantities)
g) All of the above

Yes, All of the above. 

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The Mayo Clinic is an excellent resource for education on health concerns affecting the elderly.  Link is information for caregivers.... to include articles, recommendations, blogs....

          

Malnutrition is a serious problem:  Over 80 percent of those 65 and older suffer from chronic diseases and conditions, many of which are associated with malnutrition.

Alcohol- Is a nutrient vacuum cleaner, depressant, dehydrator, often causes insomnia, causes major problems with medications, and can be lethal when mixed with narcotics. 

If a loved one is experiencing a state of confusion don't make assumptions there are a variety of potential reasons:

If the onset happens rather quickly:

  1. Medications interacting causing a problem.  Medication(s) and alcohol interaction.  Medication(s) and herb or over-the-counter interactions...
  2. UTI  (Urinary Tract Infection or Bladder Infection)

If the onset is more gradual:

  1. Dementia
  2. Elderly Abuse-Another serious problem.  If you have a sense that this may be happening to your loved one then educate yourself to confirm your suspicions or to know what to look for: The AMA has some information to review then call your local community center for specifics and what you should do next.
  3. Depression

Consult a doctor.... review all potential options.  Dementia might be the easiest and quickest diagnosis (might even be in the beginning stages but  not the only contributing factor to appearing confused).