Get Connected: Linking Older Adults with Resources on Medication, Alcohol, add Mental Health (The Center for Alcohol and Drug Resources/CAFS)
Thursday, June 9, 2022
- 2:00 PM
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Join us for breakfast and to hear from experts in older adults, mental health, and addiction.
Breakfast and Continuing Education Credits provided. Space is limited. Registration is required.
Alcohol and medication misuse and mental health conditions can be significant problems for older adults. Our growing life expectancy, coupled with the aging of the “baby boom” generation make the need to address these issues more critical than ever before. As with other age groups, by preventing these problems from occurring in the first place, and by addressing them promptly when they do arise, we can enhance the lives and health of millions of older Americans.
The Get Connected program was created to help health, social, and aging services providers learn more about alcohol and medication misuse and mental health conditions in older adults so they can address these issues more effectively. It has been designed to help health and aging services providers undertake health promotion, advance prevention messages and education, and undertake screening and referral for mental health conditions and the misuse of alcohol and medications.
All participants will receive the Get Connected Toolkit which provides the materials necessary for training staff who work with older adults, as well as, materials to educate older adults.
Participants will be able to:
- Increase understanding that life transitions associated with aging can lead to problems with alcohol and medications.
- Learn the warning signs of an alcohol, medication problem, and mental health conditions and why these signs are hard to detect among older adults.
- Increase awareness that substance misuse and mental health conditions in older adults are not part of the aging process and can be treated.
- Increase awareness that prevention, screening, and treatment are effective for alcohol and mental health conditions, particularly for older adults.
- Increase comfort and confidence in discussing sensitive issues with older adults.
Employment / Training
Family & Support Services
Behavioral / Mental Health
Last Updated: 04/26/22