Hidden Epidemic: Alcohol and Substance Abuse Among Older Adults  Webinar

Thursday, May 21, 2020, 10 am to 11:30 am

AHMA Member: $60 • Non-Members: $100

Substance abuse, particularly of alcohol and prescription drugs, among adults 60 and older is one of the fastest growing health problems facing the country. Alcohol and prescription drug misuse, which affects up to 17 percent of older adults. Yet, even as the number of older adults suffering from these disorders’ climbs, the situation remains underestimated, under identified, underdiagnosed, and undertreated. Because of insufficient knowledge, limited research data, and hurried office visits, health care providers often overlook substance abuse and misuse among older adults. Diagnosis may be difficult because symptoms of substance abuse in older individuals sometimes mimic symptoms of other medical and behavioral disorders common among this population, such as diabetes, dementia, and depression.

Webinar Participants Will:

  1. Understand the importance of addressing substance abuse disorders in older-adults.
  2. Develop a basic understanding of substance abuse disorders in older-adults.
  3. Identify effective treatment strategies.
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Trainer: Ruben Rivera-Jackman

Ruben Rivera-Jackman, MNPL, speaker, trainer and nonprofit leadership consultant, has an accomplished 25+ year career as a nonprofit leader, with practical experience in, and solid understanding of, a diverse range of management, program development and service delivery applications. Mr. Rivera-Jackman has a passion for working with, and advocating on behalf of, older adults, and has a natural ability for providing instruction and training for adult learners. In February 2017, Ruben accepted a new opportunity to serve as the new Director of Resident Services for the Senior Housing Assistance Group (SHAG), one of the largest non-profit affordable housing providers in the Puget Sound area. SHAG manages 41 LIHTC communities serving over 5,000 older-adult households. He previously served for 12 years as a Senor Resident Services Manager at the King County Housing Authority. Mr. Rivera-Jackman was the recipient of the 2011 American Association of Service Coordinators (AASC) President’s Award of Excellence. This award is given to a member who, in the opinion of the AASC President, is deserving of recognition for his/her work in the service coordination profession.