ERIC Number: ED215281
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
The Aging and Alcohol Abuse.
Brody, Jacob A.
Demographic data suggest that alcohol abuse among the elderly will increase in proportion to the population growth of that group. Four factors which may cause the elderly to be a highly susceptible group for alcohol problems are: (1) retirement and its boredom, role changes, and financial problems; (2) increased concern with death and losses of relatives and friends; (3) poor health and chronic discomfort; and (4) loneliness, particularly among older women. Although surveys in older age groups are of questionable value, anecdotal evidence and early studies suggest that a high proportion of elderly (10-15%) who seek medical attention for any reason have an alcohol-related problem, and that elderly alcoholics are relatively easy to treat. If these findings can be confirmed, detection during health-seeking encounters could have great potential value. Research in detection and treatment is critical. A prevention strategy aimed at persons aged 55 to 64 could prevent subsequent alcohol problems among these people and might indirectly reach those at older and less accessible ages. (Author/NRB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: White House Conference on Aging, Washington, DC.