Alcohol, Drugs, and Baby Boomers: Are you ready?
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As the baby boomer generation ages, the impacts of alcohol and drug use among this generation will become an increasingly important public health issue. This 5-week course will provide primary care givers and health care providers with an overview of this looming issue and provide strategies for the prevention and reduction of substance use associated harm.

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WEEK 1: Substance use and the older adult: how common is it and why should we care?
  • Who is a baby boomer: the aging population
  • Introduction to substance use and the older adult
  • Prevalence of substance use among those over the age of 50
  • Understanding substance use related harm and the older adult
WEEK 2: The aging body and the use of alcohol and drugs – what are the risks?
  • Acute effects of alcohol
  • Substance use disorders in the older adult
  • Alcohol and aging
  • Long term effects
WEEK 3: Reducing substance-related harm in the older adult
  • Introduction to prevention
  • Harm Reduction Model for prevention
  • IOM prevention model for substance use disorders
  • Intervention perspectives
WEEK 4: Screening for at-risk substance use in the older adult
  • Introduction to screening
  • Domains of substance use and substance use disorders
  • Screening approaches
  • Screening and assessment
WEEK 5: Brief interventions and referral to treatment - healthy choices
  • Referral to treatment
  • Comorbidity
  • Self-help support programs
  • Care givers 
  • Maintenance: healthy living and substance use 



  • Deborah Finnell - Department of Acute and Chronic Care
  • Christine Savage - Department of Community-Public Health

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