Alcohol & Older People

Course Outline

The absolute number of elderly people with alcohol use disorders is on the increase, and a real danger exists that a silent epidemic may be evolving. Henry O’Connell et al (2003)5

We have an ageing population – estimates suggest that the number of people over 65 with a substance use problem or needing treatment will more than double between 2001 and 2020 (European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, 2008; NHS Information Centre, 2009b; National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse, 2010a

Royal College of Physicians, have suggested that up to 60% of older people admitted to hospital for confusion, falls at home, chest infections and heart failure may have unrecognised alcohol problems. RCP, 2011

The aim of this training is to increase knowledge of alcohol use and its effects on the body as it changes with age. In particular looking at Alcohol Related Brain Disease (ARBD) and Alcohol Dementia. It will also enable staff to consider how alcohol misuse may be confused with health issues associated with ageing and feel more confident in addressing these issues with older people.

Who is the course aimed at?

This course is specifically designed for Community Care Officers, Social Workers, and all staff working with older people.

How long is the course?

1 day

What will you learn?

– Increased knowledge of the effects of alcohol and be able to recognise the signs and symptoms of use

– Recognise the signs and symptons of ARBD/Alcohol Dementia

– Increase awareness of the tools available to support older people with their alcohol choices


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