About the Course
Target Audience: The target audience for this education program is nurses who want to increase their knowledge of substance misuse and alcohol use disorders among older adults, as well as to enhance their ability to intervene effectively to help these patients.
Course Overview: Evidence of alcohol and drug use by persons aged 50 years and older is increasing as more people live longer, continue community living, and continue substance use habits established in youth and middle adulthood. This education program will help nurses to recognize common substance use disorders in older adults and implement effective intervention strategies for such disorders.
- Discuss relevant statistical data pertaining to substance use in older adults.
- Describe common patterns of substance use in older adults.
- Recognize common substance use disorders diagnosed in older adults.
- Discuss the stepwise assessment and rationale for identifying a substance use disorder.
- Describe intervention strategies for substance use disorders in older adults
About the Author
Madeline A. Naegle, PhD, CNS-PMH, BC, FAAN and Donna McCabe, DNP, APRN-BC, GNP, CWCN
Madeline A. Naegle, PhD, CNS-PMH, BC, FAAN is Professor of Nursing at the New York University College of Nursing, New York, New York
Donna McCabe, DNP, APRN-BC, GNP, CWCN, is the Clinical Assistant Professor, New York University College of Nursing, New York, New York
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