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Substance Misuse and the Older Adult

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1. Administration on Aging Releases Profile of Older Americans: 2011

2. Virginia Center on Aging Newsletter

3. Mid-Atlantic ATTC Webinar/iTraining Presentation - Frederick C. Blow, PhD

4. Free Online Course - The Hidden Epidemic: Alcohol, Medication & the Older Adult

5. Get Connected Toolkit

6. Best Practices DVD

1. Administration on Aging Releases Profile of Older Americans: 2011

Each year, AoA compiles a summary of the latest statistics on individuals 65 years or older across 15 topical areas including income, poverty, employment, health, disability, and caregiving. This report has now been updated to reflect the most recent year for which data is available, 2010. Highlights from the 2011 report include:

·The older population (65+) numbered 40.4 million in 2010, an increase of 5.4 million or 15.3% since 2000.

·The number of Americans aged 45-64 – who will reach 65 over the next two decades – increased by 31% during this decade.

·Over one in every eight, or 13.1%, of the population is an older American.

·About 29% (11.3 million) of non-institutionalized older persons live alone (8.1 million women, 3.2 million men).

·Almost half of older women (47%) age 75+ live alone.

·The median income of older persons in 2010 was $25,704 for males and $15,072 for females. Median money income (after adjusting for inflation) of all households headed by older people fell 1.5% (not statistically significant) from 2009 to 2010. Households containing families headed by persons 65+ reported a median income in 2010 of $45,763.

The major sources of income as reported by older persons in 2009 were Social Security (reported by 87% of older persons), income from assets (reported by 53%), private pensions (reported by 28%), government employee pensions (reported by 14%), and earnings (reported by 26%).

2. Virginia Center on Aging Newsletter

20-page quarterly newsletter - - - Target audience includes professionals in the field of aging, gerontologists, geriatricians, health professionals and administrators, adult home and community professionals, and others interested in aging-related education and research.

3. Mid-Atlantic ATTC iTraining Presentation

Frederick C. Blow, PhD

CLICK HERE to listen to DR. BLOW'S PRESENTATION & follow along with the PowerPoint

Viewers will learn about the etiology of substance misuse in the senior population and why it can be more of a problem for older adults than for their younger counterparts . The role of caregivers and primary care physicians in early detection and intervention will be explored, as will issues relating to confidentiality, treatment protocols, and evidence based practices.

CLICK HERE to view the POWERPOINT presentation

CLICK HERE to view Dr. Blow's list of RESOURCES

4. Free Online Course

The Hidden Epidemic: Alcohol, Medication & the Older Adult
(three 1-hour training sessions) - Course Description

Use Internet Explorer to REGISTER HERE (see instructions* below)

*INSTRUCTIONS for Registering and Taking the ONLINE COURSE:

Use Internet Explorer.
Click on the REGISTER HERE link.
Click on "View by Provider",
Click on "Alcohol and Aging Awareness Group"
Users will then need to log in to complete the courses that include pre/post tests, videos, power points, and certificates of completion.
Three presentations include: Dr. Paul Aravich, Eastern Virginia Medical School; Debra Jay, a nationally recognized speaker and co-author of "Aging and Addiction: Helping Older Adults Overcome Alcohol or Medication", 2002, and Dr. Frederic C. Blow, University of Michigan, at the 2008 and 2009 AAAG conferences."

Sponsored by the Alcohol and Aging Awareness Group (AAAG) in partnership with the Virginia Association of Community Services Boards (VACSB)

5. Get Connected Toolkit

Get Connected Toolkit: Linking Older Adults With Medication, Alcohol, and Mental Health Resources

Alcohol and Aging Awareness Group (AAAG) (Virginia)

6. Best Practices Recommended for Service Providers

DVD & PowerPoint presentation - $20
The Hidden Epidemic: Alcohol, Medication and the Older Adult DVD w/ companion
Powerpoint CD
Available HERE!

Hidden Epidemic

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