Aging and Addiction: Helping Older Adults Overcome Alcohol by Carol Colleran

By Carol Colleran

Habit between older adults is a hidden and hushed challenge. symptoms of alcohol or drugs abuse can simply be improper for stipulations concerning getting older. or even whilst associates or kinfolk realize symptoms of habit, they generally the necessity for intervention or remedy. With an anticipated 3 million older american citizens being affected by alcohol and drug misuse and abuse, getting older and dependancy is a much-needed source. The authors, either specialists within the box of dependancy remedy and intervention, supply a deferential, definitive advisor for spotting and addressing substance abuse between older adults. Key themes contain: realizing the connection among getting older and dependancy, discovering aid for a family member, and spotting the therapy wishes of older adults. Key good points and advantages authors are widely known specialists within the box of habit addresses one of many nation's so much underestimated, below taken care of illnesses presents how-to-help details for family and neighbors

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Chemical dependency can take the young-old and transform them into the old-old before their time. 14 Family Responses to Addicted Older Adults Older men and women are increasingly frangible—readily or easily damaged, even if they don’t appear delicate or frail. This vulnerability does not stand up well to addiction. When addiction takes hold, the young-old begin to develop the problems of the old-old: memory loss, shaky hands, frequent napping, confusion, incontinence, boredom, depression, falls, bruises, and dizziness.

Evidence That Alcoholism Is Genetic 39 Many diseases are known to be genetic, but the responsible genes have not been found. Researchers have other methods of studying diseases to determine if they are genetic. Some of the most reliable data on the genetics of alcoholism comes from studies on twins and adoption. Both ask the questions: “Is it nature or nurture? Is it learned or inherited? ” These studies have shown reliable and valid results and have been successfully replicated over the years.

They never had problems with alcohol or other drugs before the age of fifty-five or sixty. Alcoholism was triggered late in life, precipitated by increased drinking in response to life changes or losses. In other cases, older adults drink the same amount as they always have, but their aging bodies react as if they are drinking more. Older adults might also mix alcohol with over-the-counter or prescription mood-altering drugs. In each of these scenarios, the amount of alcohol became sufficient to trip the genetic wiring for alcoholism.

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