Jun 8, 2023
After a lifetime of casual attitudes toward substance use among
baby boomers, their rate of accidential overdoses and
alcohol-related deaths are climbing.
In this conversation, researcher Alexis Kuerbis explains
Kuerbis is an Associate Professor at the Silberman School of
Social Work at Hunter College. Her research speciality is
vlunerable polulations who use substances problematically.
In this conversation with Host Gail Ferguson Jones, she explains
- Baby boomers are using drugs and alcohol longer into later life
than previous generations.
- Misuse of prescription drugs for pain and other ailments is a
growing trend among seniors, leading to addiction later in life,
and sometimes accidental overdoses from drug interactions.
- Physical changes that make it harder to metabolize substances
as people age are a leading cause of chronic illness and
co-morbidity among older adults.
- Alcohol is the most widely-used and socially-acceptable
substance and a common killer. It is also often a factor in the
development of dementia.
- Seniors who recognize they have a problem with substance
use usually respond well to treatment.
- She shares the signs families may look for to determine if an
older loved one is indulging in risky substance use and how to
strike up a conversation that could lead them to agree to
Learn more about getting your loved one sober at: https://www.alcoholscreening.org/#/home
To learn more about The Buttrfly Effect Peer Recovery Program
for those who love someone struggling with addiction (and get a
free video) at: https://linktr.ee/GailFergusonJones
Music for The Buttrfly Effect Podcast, "Inspire Me," is by
Mixaund Bandcamp at: mixaundbandcamp.com