Healthcare Providers May Overlook Alcohol Abuse Warning Signs in Seniors

Adults aged 60 and over in South Florida and elsewhere are not immune to addiction issues. In fact, alcohol abuse among senior citizens is growing at an alarming rate. Unfortunately, healthcare providers often overlook the warning signs, making it difficult for affected seniors to get help.

Thanks to grown children and no job responsibilities, the “golden years” are often considered a time to be enjoyed. For many seniors, the reality is quite different. Health problems like arthritis can result in pain and reduced mobility, and the loss of spouses and friends creates a sense of loneliness. Financial uncertainty is a major source of stress for many. Any or all of these factors can cause seniors to turn to alcohol for relief.

Ironically, the increased incidence of disease and illness in seniors is one of the reasons healthcare providers miss the signs of alcohol abuse. They tend to attribute them to dementia, depression and other factors common to older people. Senior citizens are also more likely to hide their drinking, so they will not usually seek help on their own.

Drinking at an older age can create medical problems as well as compound any health issues that already exist. It can reduce ability to function both mentally and physically, which can lead to accidents resulting in serious injuries. Alcohol interacts negatively with many prescription drugs, dulling their effect at best and causing critical health problems at worst.

Is there an older member of your family who is showing signs of alcohol addiction? Ignoring them does not make the problem go away. Our South Florida rehab facility provides a positive environment where your loved one can focus on recovery. Our team of specialists will create a personalized program that addresses the unique challenges faced by senior citizens. Visit our website to learn more about the benefits of individualized treatment at our residential center.

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