Older adults are the highest utilizers of medications and the prime targets of highly effective pharmaceutical advertising. Unfortunately, messages promoting the use of medications and other substances such as marijuana and alcohol are not balanced with education about the impact of substances in older bodies. Age-related vulnerabilities exacerbate the potential for negative consequences when using substances in later life, and individuals over the age of 55 are noted to be the fastest growing population in need of addiction treatment. This course explores consumption trends; levels of risk; age-related vulnerabilities; issues of use, misuse, and abuse; strategies for prevention; and options for intervention, treatment, and recovery in the older adult population.
916.214.01 Homewood campus
Tuesday, Sept. 24 to Nov. 5, 6:45 to 8:45 p.m., no class Oct. 8
Cost: $210 (six sessions)
JHU full-time faculty/staff are eligible for 80% tuition remission. You will be unable to register online and receive the discount. Contact 410-516-8516 for registration information.