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Handbook of Social Work in Health and Aging$
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Barbara Berkman and Sarah D'Ambruoso

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195173727

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195173727.001.0001

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Older Adults With Substance/Alcohol Abuse Problems

Older Adults With Substance/Alcohol Abuse Problems

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(p.141) 12 Older Adults With Substance/Alcohol Abuse Problems
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Handbook of Social Work in Health and Aging
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Tazuko Shibusawa

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195173727.003.0012

Alcohol and drug abuse and misuse among older adults are one of the fastest growing public health problems in the United States. The problems, however, remain underdiagnosed and undertreated, and have been referred to as an invisible epidemic. With the aging of the baby boomers, a cohort with more liberal attitudes toward substance use than previous cohorts, the problem is expected to increase in the coming years. This chapter focuses on the three types of substance abuse among older adults: alcohol abuse, medication abuse and misuse, and illicit drug use.

Keywords:   aging, elderly, substance abuse, alcohol abuse, medication abuse, drug addiction, social work practice

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