eFit – HCP: Substance Misuse

As the number of older adults in Canada rises from under 15% in 2010 to more than 25% projected in 2036, addressing substance use by older adults who use alcohol and other drugs becomes increasingly important. Health care providers need to understand the needs of older adults and how the Canadian healthcare system can adapt to meet them. (1)

CAGE Questionnaire:
Instructions    eForm    Print Form

Clinical Institute Withdrawal Assessment of Alcohol Scale:
Instructions

Clinical Opiate Withdrawal Scale:
Instructions    Link

Michigan Alcoholism Screening Test:
Link (Instructions included)

Senior Alcohol Misuse Indicator (SAMI):
Instructions   

 

Best Practices: Using Harm Reduction (Aging in Canada):
Information Sheet
Canadian Guidelines on Alcohol Use Disorder Among Older Adults (Canadian Coalition for Seniors’ Mental Health):
Brochure
Canadian Guidelines on Benzodiazepine Receptor Agonist Use Disorder Among Older Adults (Canadian Coalition for Seniors’ Mental Health):
Brochure
Canadian Guidelines on Cannabis Use Disorder Among Older Adults (Canadian Coalition for Seniors’ Mental Health):
Brochure
Canadian Guidelines on Opioid Use Disorder Among Older Adults (Canadian Coalition for Seniors’ Mental Health):
Brochure
EASL Clinical Practical Guidelines: Management of Alcoholic Liver Disease (Journal of Hepatology):
Guideline
Health in Aging: Drug and Substance Abuse (Health in Aging):
Website
Management of Alcohol Use Disorders in Older Adults: What Doctors Need to Know (Seniors Health Knowledge Network):
Fact Sheet

 

 

Reading List: Substance Misuse in Older Adults

What is the Scope of Prescription Drug Misuse? (National Institute on Drug Abuse):
Website

View the CSAH Lesson on Substance Misuse


View CSAH Courses for HCP: Caring for the Older Adult

This series of courses provides a foundation for understanding, recognizing, assessing and managing health care concerns in the older adult.  Each Lesson includes short narrated modules that focus on these four themes.

View HCP Continuous Learning

We share aging-related courses and archived content offered by other leaders in the field of geriatric care.

View the Canadian Coalition for Seniors’ Mental Health (CCSMH) Cannabis and Older Adults eLearning module

The Cannabis and Older Adults eLearning modules were developed by the Canadian Coalition for Seniors’ Mental Health (CCSMH) in partnership with Baycrest. This series of 11 individually accredited modules (MOC and Main Pro+) can be accessed through Baycrest’s Learning Management System.