This briefing of the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction includes a section on key issues, prescribed and over-the-counter drugs, illicit drugs, alcohol, special risks for the elderly, identification and assessment, treatment, conclusions and policy considerations.

This issue of “prevention Tactics” provides an overview of considerations related to prescription drug usage in older adults.  The author describes how older adults are more vulnerable to drug misuse, substances that can compound the effects of misuse/abuse, commonly prescribed medications, prevalence of use, contributing factors to misuse/abuse as well as strategies for communities to address these problems.

This handout from the Canadian Research Network for Care in the Community provides an overview of why it is important to focus on diversity in informal caregiving, strategies to address the challenges and a listing of available supports.

Late in life immigrants are often at risk of psychological stress, and social isolation because of language barriers, small social networks, and cultural differences from their host society. It has been noted that the social networks of those who migrate late in life tend to be very limited. The present study suggests that better family relation, social networking, financial support, and accessing health care would be the key to address the problem.

The focus of this article will be on cross-cultural issues at the end of life for ethnically and culturally diverse groups in the United States. The health care provider must have a clear understanding and recognition of the unique and specific influences culture has on a patient’s behavior, attitudes, preferences, and decisions around end-of-life care. 

Medications play an expanding role in health care as we grow older. People are more likely to develop one or more chronic illnesses with advancing age, and appropriate medication can help seniors live longer and more active lives. However, medication use in older adults is also more likely to be associated with safety concerns. In this handout, learn how to get the benefits of medicine, whether prescription or nonprescription, while minimizing and managing the risks.

This reading list provides links to and summaries of a variety of open source resources related to the care of older adults in correctional settings. 5 pages. 

This one page handout describes a study done to develop a preliminary descriptive profile of the levels of risk and need of older women offenders.

This 2 page handout is intended to help physicians and patients to make smart and effective decisions about the use of feeding tubes for those with late stage Alzheimer's disease. Last reviewed May 2017.

This reading list provides links to and summaries of a variety of open source resources related to elder abuse.  Topics covered include forms of elder abuse, supportive resources, screening, interventions and best practice resources. 2 pages. Last reviewed May 2017.

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