Older people face specific issues in relation to problematic substance use. Demography and a growing aging population make understanding these ever more important. But older people’s problems tend to be more invisible, both in care services and in substance use services. The online course “Falling Down: Problematic Substance Use in Later Life” brings these issues together from a health, social care, informal carer and public health point of view. It draws on international perspectives from experts in the UK, New Zealand, Australia and the USA, to compare and share knowledge, skills and best practice with the community.
Falling Down: Problematic Substance Use in Later Life – Course Content
In this course, you will learn about the issues faced by older people in relation to problematic substance use. The course includes the following topics:
- The problems and issues that older people face in relation to problematic substance use including alcohol, drugs, poly-pharmacy and the specific risks and circumstances associated with aging and health in later life.
- The key professionals and the sources of support needed by older people impacted by problematic substance use.
- Reflecting on expertise and experiences shared to identify own strengths, areas of knowledge and skills needed to support older people and their families.
- Best practice and future developments for addressing these issues within a public health and community context.
Summary of Course Main Features
- Developed by: Middlesex University Business School – one of the largest Business Schools in the UK.
- Educators: Carmel Clancy, Trish Hafford-Letchfield, Anna Nelson, Suzy Morrison, and Allan Trifonoff
- Start Date: 30 October 2017
- Duration: 5 weeks x 5 hours per week
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