Category results for "Elderly"

Medical Marijuana Collective in Retirement Community Courts Controversy

A medical marijuana collective is operating in the middle of one of the largest U.S. retirement communities, in Southern California, reflecting a growing nationwide trend as more elderly citizens use marijuana to deal with aches and pains.

Drug-Related Suicide Attempts Rise Among Women 50 and Older

Suicide attempts, in which drugs played a role, jumped 49 percent among women ages 50 and older from 2005 to 2009, according to a new federal report. The report, prepared by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, found that 16,757 women 50 and older had a drug-related suicide attempt in 2009, compared with 11,235 in 2005.

Smokers At Greater Risk of Developing Age-Related Blindness

Smokers are four times as likely as nonsmokers to develop a form of eye disease called age-related macular degeneration that can lead to blindness, new research indicates.

More Older Adults Seek Treatment for Substance Abuse

The number of older Americans who are seeking treatment for substance abuse is growing. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reports that treatment admissions doubled in adults age 50 and over between 1992 and 2008, according to The Associated Press. Experts predict this trend will continue as baby boomers get older.

SAMHSA Program Aims to Prevent Prescription Drug Abuse Among Seniors

To reduce prescription drug abuse among seniors, SAMHSA is expanding a grant program targeting adults 60 and older who are at risk for or experiencing behavioral health problems. The grant also aims to reduce suicides among this group.

Visitors to ER for Medication Reactions Mostly Over 50

Americans 50 and over are more likely to end up in the emergency room seeking treatment for adverse reactions to medication.

Visitors to ER for Medication Reactions Mostly Over 50

Americans 50 and over are more likely to end up in the emergency room seeking treatment for adverse reactions to medication.

Medication Reactions Sending Seniors to the ER

Americans 50 and over are more likely to end up in the emergency room seeking treatment for adverse reactions to medication.

Substance Abuse Coalition Closes after 11 Years

Good deeds and good work weren’t enough to keep the Historic Triangle Substance Abuse Coalition’s (HTSAC) doors open. The Virginia-based coalition ran out of grant funds last week and had to shut down.

Treatment Admissions Double for Older Adults

Substance-abuse treatment admissions for people 50 and older more than doubled between 1992 and 2008, corresponding to significant changes in their sociodemographic status.

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