Alcohol consumption generally declines as people age, partly because alcohol affects the bodies of older people in different ways, say researchers from UCLA.
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Older addicts have many of the same problems as young people with alcohol and other drug addictions, plus other issues unique to their age group.
Citing costs of $230 million annually due to alcohol misuse, the federal Medicare program is set to begin screening beneficiaries for alcohol problems during new physicals being offered via the senior healthcare program.
An American Association of Retired Persons poll finds that 72 percent of older Americans surveyed supported legalizing marijuana for medical purposes.
New research suggests that certain middle-aged people who consume alcohol might put themselves at a greater risk for late-life dementia.
By 2020, the percentage of people age 50 and older needing treatment for illicit drug use will be five times higher than it is today.
The program, which has been running for four months, is believed to be the first of its kind in the United States.
Less than twenty percent of all treatment programs offer services for the older adult population. In Williamsburg, Va., a new program aims to increase awareness of the growing problem of substance use disorders in seniors.
A University of Iowa (UI) study shows that the United States is lacking in services for elderly residents addicted to alcohol.
Alcohol and other drug addiction among seniors is such a significant and growing problem that one treatment expert called it “America's hidden epidemic.”