Health Promotion

Health Promotion

  • Prevention
    • Teach about negative effects
    • Provide support
  • Early detection
    • Initiate brief interventional techniques
    • Refer for treatment

Gerontologic Considerations

  • Older adults are often unaware of their substance use problems
  • Difficult to recognize
    • Don’t fit the image of users
    • Symptoms can mimic medical conditions i.e. liver damage and cardiovascular, GI, and endocrine problems
      • Use may cause confusion, delirium, memory loss, and neuromuscular impairment
    • At greater risk for medical problems associated with substance use
  • Screening
    • Use all information resources
    • Discuss drug and alcohol use
    • Assess current medication knowledge
    • The Short Michigan Alcoholism Screening Test – Geriatric Version


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