2021-1: What’s in Grandma’s Medicine Cabinet? – Understanding Substance Use Disorders in Older Adults

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2021-1: What’s in Grandma’s Medicine Cabinet? – Understanding Substance Use Disorders in Older Adults

This presentation will explore substance use disorders in the older adult population, and how unique age-related physiological and social changes present unique challenges for the identification and treatment of this disorder. 

  Kathleen Schachman, PhD, PMHNP-BC, FAANP, FIAAN

Disclosures:  The presenter and planners have no conflict of interest or commercial support to disclose.  Off label use of medications will not be discussed during this presentation.

Session Length:  45 minutes

Target Audience:  RN, APRN

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this presentation, the participant will be able to:

  • Estimate the prevalence of substance use/misuse in older adults.
  • Understand risk factors that may influence this population’s use/misuse of substances.
  • Understand physiological differences with aging.
  • List three potential treatment approaches that are safe, effective, and tailored to the unique strengths and needs of the older adult who has a substance use disorder (SUD).

Keywords:  Substance Use Disorder, Opioid Use Disorder, Older Adults


Nursing Continuing Professional Development:
0.75 contact hours.  * In order to receive contact hours, you must: Listen to the entire session, complete an evaluation, honor statement, and earn a passing score on the post test before the expiration date. You will have 5 tries to correctly answer the questions on the posttest and a score of 80% is required to pass. Once you have passed and completed the evaluation and honor statement, your nursing continuing professional development certificate will be generated online and available for immediate printing. Credit cannot be earned unless all components of the program are completed. 

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by grant no.1H79TI083343 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.


Release date:
December 1, 2021

The contact hours for this session expire: January 31, 2024

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