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Dispelling the Myth: Older Adults and Substance Use

  • Thu, February 13, 2020
  • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Stanley M. Isaacs Center Senior Center 415 E 93rd Street, New York, NY 10128




3:00pm: networking

3:30pm: Announcements and Presentation

Dispelling the Myth: Older Adults and Substance Use

This workshop aims to dispel the myth that older adults do not use mood altering substances by present cutting-edge data on the prevalence of substance use and abuse among older adults and the epidemiological data on correlates and causes of older adult substance use.

Unique vulnerabilities and consequences related to using substances in later life, including biology of aging, treatment of pain, comorbidity, medication interactions, impact of life events, as well as current research on what drives use on a daily level among older adults will be reviewed. Treatment options for older adults, including treatment adaptations and addressing barriers to care, will be discussed.

Learning objectives:

•  Describe the demographic shifts that contribute to increases in the prevalence of substance use and abuse among older adults.

• Identify the unique consequences and vulnerabilities that older adults can experience in the context of substance use and misuse in later life

• Distinguish the types of treatment that are most appropriate for older adults who misuse mood altering substances


Alexis Kuerbis, LCSW, Ph.D.

Silberman School of Social Work

Dr. Alexis Kuerbis is Associate Professor at Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College of the City University of New York. She is a licensed clinical social worker with 20 years of experience in a variety of clinical, public health and social services settings and specializing in substance abuse treatment.

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