Introduction to the Senior Alcohol Misuse Indicator (SAMI) Tool

Friday, September 14 from 12-1 PM (EDT). In this webinar led by Dr. Bonnie Purcell, she will discuss alcohol-related problems that are often unrecognized in working with older adults. The Senior Alcohol Misuse Indicator (SAMI) tool is a screening tool developed at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health that provides a gentle, non-confrontational approach to elicit information to determine if there are concerns related to alcohol use/misuse. To register, click here.

Even without increasing their alcohol consumption from their younger years, older adults can experience increased effects of alcohol due to age-related physiological changes and alcohol-drug interactions, and/or increased reliance on alcohol as a coping strategy with significant life changes. Stigma can elicit reactions of denial and defensiveness in older clients with traditional (and often confrontational) questions about alcohol use.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the changes that occur with aging that necessitate a different approach to screening for alcohol use with older adults.
  2. Learn about a new screening tool developed at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health to help with alcohol-related discussion with older adults.