Overview of Substance Abuse in Older Adults


Course Hours: 0.66

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Objectives: Define substance abuse. Describe the difference between substance abuse and addiction. List substances that are commonly abused by older adults. Describe why older adults are at risk of developing a substance use disorder. Identify the common signs of substance abuse. Describe how to report potential signs of substance abuse. List guidelines for communicating with clients who are currently struggling with or recovering from substance abuse. Explain their role in caring for a client suffering from substance abuse.

Description: Direct care workers play an important role in identifying signs of substance abuse and assisting clients who are struggling. This class teaches direct care workers how substance abuse affects older adults, how to recognize signs of substance abuse, and how they can best support their clients if they are struggling with or recovering from substance abuse.

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