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.

The authors of this American study found that 71% of the interviewed older inmates reported a substance abuse problem and were more likely to abuse alcohol than younger inmates.

This US Federal Bureau of Prisons (FBOP) Clinical Practice Guideline reviews the detection of substance abuse and withdrawal, management of inmates with complicating medical and psychiatric conditions, placement of inmates for detoxification, different forms of withdrawal, and an overview of detoxification consideration involving elderly inmates.

The aim of this study was to compare clinical and psychosocial characteristics of older adults aged 70 and over who had attempted suicide. 10 pages. Last reviewed July 2018.

This study sought to determine if trauma exposure is associated with suicidal ideation in a a nationally-representative sample of older adults. 7 pages. Last reviewed July 2018.

This American resource guide is comprised of four parts; recognizing and responding to older adult behavioural health issues, suicidal thoughts and behaviours, navigating medicaid behavioural health and self-care for staff. 16 pages. Last Reviewed July 2018.

This publication reviews a number of risk factors, appropriate screening and intervention in a primary care setting. 12 pages. Last reviewed July 2018.

Older adults are more severely impacted by drug and alcohol abuse than most people realize. With age, this population may experience changes in their physical and mental well-being, social circles and family dynamics, and may require more assistance in their everyday lives.  Substance use disorders can be treated, and recovery is possible for anyone, no matter their age. Last reviewed May 2018.

The SAMI tool aims to assist in identifying older adults who are currently experiencing problem drinking or who are at-risk for developing drinking problems. It is a 5-item questionnaire which was found to be superior to the CAGE and SMAST-G in terms of sensitivity. To review the introductory webinar on this tool click here.

This webinar recording shares approaches to reach and engage older adults in the prevention and early intervention for depression, and alcohol and medication misuse. Presenters discussed successful strategies to engage a variety of older adult groups.

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