Issues of Substance Use and Medication Misuse in Older Adults

  • 08 Mar 2017
  • 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
  • Lackawanna County, Scranton, PA 18510


Issues of Substance Use and Medication Misuse in Older Adults

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      Please see the flyer for more information.
Target Audience: This training is for all individuals who provide care to older adults, especially those who work in community settings such as aging care managers, housing staff, nurses, social workers, counselors, acute care and long-term care staff, substance abuse and mental health providers.  

Jewish Community Center, Scranton
601 Jefferson Avenue
Scranton, PA 18510

Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Cost: $35

Lunch Provided

At the completion of this seminar, participants will be able to:
  • Discuss the recent changes in the DSM 5 to “Substance Use Disorders” and “Addictive Disorders” and its implication in treatment.
  • Articulate the current and projected incidence and prevalence rates of older adults with substance use disorders.
  • Describe why the issues of substance and medication abuse/misuse in older adults are complex problems.
  • Identify “substance use” prevention, screening, intervention, and treatment models that work with older adults.

9:45 AM Final Registration

10:00 – 11:30 Understanding Issues of Substance Use and Medication Misuse in Older Adults
  • Specific issues of substance use in older adults
    • Demographics and generational differences
  • Changes to the DSM 5
    • Substance use disorder
    • Addictive disorders
11:30 – 12:15 LUNCH

12:15 – 1:00 Older adults and substance use
  • Illicit drug use
  • Non-medical use of prescription drugs
  • Medication abuse and misuse
  • Alcohol use
1:00 – 1:10 BREAK

1:10 - 2:20 Substance use disorders among older adults - prevention and treatment
  • Screening and assessments
  • Intervention and treatment programs
    • SBIRT
    • Project GOAL
  • Resources and Advocacy
2:20 – 2:30 Conclusion and evaluations

Presenter: Ms. Linda Shumaker, RN-BC, MA, is a registered nurse currently serving as Outreach Coordinator of the Pennsylvania Behavioral Health and Aging Coalition.  She has extensive clinical experience working in community mental health, geriatric assessment teams and long-term care.  In addition, she has been an instructor of psychiatry at the Penn State College of Medicine.  She has served as a founding member and former Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Behavioral Health and Aging Coalition, as a member of the Older Adult Committee of Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Planning Council, and as a member of the Long Term Care Subcommittee of the Medical Assistance Advisory Committee.

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