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Retirement and the Hidden Epidemic: The Complex Link Between Aging, Work Disengagement, and Substance Misuse and What To Do About It

Peter A. Bamberger and Samuel B. Bacharach

Abstract

Substance misuse among older adults in the United States is a major hidden health threat, with broad implications for the welfare and quality of life of those misusing alcohol and drugs, as well as their families. Although retirement is often viewed as playing a key role in the onset and exacerbation of older adult substance misuse, research findings are inconclusive. The book begins by conducting a critical review of that research, paying particular attention to the difficulty of capturing the etiological role of retirement in older adult substance misuse when the very nature of retirement is ... More

Keywords: aging, retirement, substance misuse, alcohol abuse, illicit drugs, drug misuse, problem drinking, etiology, age—retirement confound, prevention, treatment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199374120
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199374120.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter A. Bamberger, author
Tel Aviv University

Samuel B. Bacharach, author
Cornell University