New in July
July 20, 2004 McMaster University Pain Symposium, including one day on pain and older adults.
July 9, 2004 Anorexia: More common than you think in later life. How alcohol affects appetite.
New in June
June 11, 2004 In the News: Mental health services for ethnic seniors, mood disorders and problem gambling, seniors and HIV, prevalence of abuse among older women and more.
New in May
May 11, 2004 Seniors Speak Out About... Loneliness (PDF, 192 KB)
May 1, 2004 Older People & Alcohol Misuse: Setting the Agenda. Report of a one-day conference organized by Age Concern UK (Wandsworth) in March 2002 (in PDF format). (external link)
May 1, 2004 Older people and alcohol - A summary and recommendations arising from research in Ayrshire & Arran, February 2004 (in PDF format). (external link)
New in April
La consommation de psychotropes: Portrait et tendances au Québec
April 29, 2004 Alcohol and the Elderly. The Institute of Alcohol Studies, Spring 1999. Fact sheet. (external link)
"All people with hazardous or harmful alcohol consumption and members of their families have the right to accessible treatment and care".
April 24, 2004 Recently in the news (Global Aging, external site):
April 24, 2004 Use and Misuse of Alcohol Among Older Women (NIAAA, 2003 external site)
20 avril, 2004 Fausses idées sur l'alcool (lien externale)
False ideas about alcohol (External site, Alcoweb)
20 avril, 2004 Les interactions d'alcool et de médicaments
April 19, 2004 Alcohol and Mouth Cancer
April 16, 2004 Alcohol and Gout
April 16, 2004 Benzodiazepine Use among Seniors
April 8, 2004 Working with Family
April 1, 2004 Government looking to a lower fire risk cigarette External site (No, it's not an April Fool's joke)
April 1, 2004 Health Canada health advisory warning : herbal comfrey may be toxic to liver External site, December 12, 2003
New in March
March 30, 2004 Drinking Among Older Canadian-Asians and Other Eastern Ethnic Groups
March 29, 2004 Highlights from New Brunswick report on Seniors and Alcohol
March 15, 2004 New resources:
Alcohol, Medication and Older Adults For Those Who Care About or Care for an Older Adult (Centre for Substance Abuse Prevention) (For family, friends, careivers)
At Any Age, It Does Matter: Substance Abuse and Older Adults (Centre for Substance Abuse Prevention) (Prevention and treatment information for professionals)
February 28, 2004
Best Practice Information Sheets: Information for service providers on helping older adults with substance use problems.
February 25, 2004
Best Practice Information Sheets
Harm Reduction PDF version (80 KB)
February 19, 2004 Canadian Association on Gerontology annual meeting will be held in Victoria, B.C., October 21-23, 2004.
4 fevrier, 2004 Détresse cachée: les aînés violentés
February 4, 2004 National Advisory Council on Aging, Expressions, The Hidden Harm: Abuse of Seniors
February 1, 2004 Some Prevention Events for February
January 12, 2004 Nova Scotia Colleges and University Teaching Gerontology or Addictions Courses and Programs
January 10, 2004 Ontario Colleges and University Gerontology Courses and Programs
3 janvier, 2004 Il n'y a pas de limite d'âge à la dépression
Une brochure témoin pour l'usage de la communauté. (pdf) Vous êtes invité à l'employer ou adapter pour votre communauté.
3 janvier, 2004 L'hépatite C et l'alcool (lien externale)
3 janvier, 2004 Un dangereux silence sur une dépendance cachée (lien externale, Régie fédérale des alcools, Bern)
3 janvier, 2004 Un calendrier d’évènements de prévention et de sensibilisation pour l’année 2004
January 1, 2004 Some Prevention Events for January
December 30, 2003 United States: National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Released September, 2003
December 30, 2003 Les personnes âgées et la dépression: Une brochure témoin pour l'usage de la communauté. (pdf) Vous êtes invité à l'employer ou adapter pour votre communauté.
December 23, 3004 Seniors, alcohol, and sea cruises.
December 9, 2003 Is it a cold or the 'flu?
December 9, 2003 Traitement de la ménopause : le désarroi des femmes et des médecins (lien externale)
December 9, 2003 Aging and Pain Quiz: Test Yourself
December 9, 2003 Aging Well: Tidbits on "successful aging".
December 9, 2003 In the News: Launch of a $10 million Addiction Research Centre for British Columbia
December 6, 2003 Flu Prevention
(Handout from National Institute on Allergy and Infesctious Diseases: "It is a cold or the flu?", PDF External site)
December 2, 2003 Some December Prevention Events
November 27, 2003 Le filet invisible
November 27, 2003 Older Learners (Tips for Workshops)
November 26, 2003
Suicide Prevention for Older People.
Australian manual is designed to improve the awareness of suicidal behaviour in older people. Information about early intervention and assessment strategies, and how to refer older people to appropriate services. To download this PDF go to: http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/pubs/s/pdf/suicide_prevent.pdf
October 26, 2003
For older adults who are smokers and drinkers. (PDF, requires Adobe Acrobat Reader, 144 KB)
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October 22, 2003 Men's Health Peer Education (External site) Promoting healthy lifestyles for veterans.
October 22, 2003 October is Fire Prevention Month
October 21, 2003 Statistics on Gambling in Canada
October 19-25, 2003 is National Pharmacy Week, and October is "Talk About Prescriptions" Month.
October is also
October 8, 2003 A simple Older Adults and Depression brochure for Depression Screening Day and other Public Education Events (mentions alcohol and depression). Feel free to print it and fill in your local resource. (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader, 244 KB)
October 7, 2003 A Calendar of Prevention and Education Activities
October 5, 2003 Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Older Adults (American Psychological Association, external site)
October 5, 2003 Alcohol and Depression (pdf) (784KB) Requires Acrobat Reader
Alcohol and Depression in Older Adults (HTML)
October 4, 2003 Are Older Adults Often Getting the Wrong Drugs?
September 18, 2003 Seeking Solutions presentation (Overview of progress made to date in Seeking Solutions. PDF version of PowerPoint presentation, 718 KB)
September 17, 2003 A Cross Country Look at Helping Older Adults with Alcohol Problems
[Getting a bit long in the tooth (programs change), but this was a presentation made early in the Seeking Solutions project looking at the way seniors and alcohol issues have been treated across Canada]. PDF version of PowerPoint presentation, (552 KB)
September 17, 2003 Respecting Residents Rights
A guide to the rights of residents in long term care facilities in British Columbia. (PDF version, requires Acrobat Reader)
September 10, 2003 Addictions and the Older Person
A PowerPoint presentation by Eileen McKee-Kristof, formerly of COPA in Toronto at the 2001 World Congress on Gerontology in Vancouver, BC. (PDF version)
Provides a profile of older people with substance abuse problems, behavioural indicators, common themes of treatment, effective strategies, current gaps.
September 9, 2003 Help with Alcohol Withdrawal: Home Detoxification and Withdrawal Management (2001 IAG PowerPoint presentation) (PDF)
September 8, 2003 “Drugs in the News: How well do Canadian newspapers report the good, the bad and the ugly of new prescription drugs?" (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives April, 2003)
Worth the effort
at any age
(PowerPoint presentation on Older Women and Alcohol) (pdf)
September 4, 2003 In the News
Can Drinking Help Smokers?
September 1, 2003 Is there a rule for replacing alcohol in recipes?
August 22, 2203 In the News
U.S. alcohol treatment for older adults needs to triple?
How older adults define 'moderate drinking'
August 21, 2003 Caregiver Burden and Alcohol
August 12, 2003 Clinical Institute Withdrawal Assessment for Alcohol
August 8, 2003 Tips of Trade series (information on aging issues for building managers with older tenants)
August 8, 2003 Best Practices for Addressing Older Adults and Alcohol Issues. Backgrounder from a National Meeting (304 KB) HTML version; PDF version (287 KB) requires Acrobat Reader
July 31, 2003 Sevrage du patient alcoolodépendant (1999, France, lien externe)
July 30, 2003 In the News
July 27, 2003 Alcohol and the summer heat
July 27, 2003 Medications and the summer heat
July 26, 2003 Use of prescription medications among older adults in New Brunswick
July 26, 2003 Mental health of older adults in New Brunswick
July 26, 2003 Social isolation of older men in Manitoba
July 22, 2003 Alcohol sales in Canada
July 20, 2003 New Brunswick seniors and alcohol
July 4, 2003 High Blood Pressure
June 29, 2002 Alcohol and Breast Cancer
June 28, 2002 Dangers of Using Acetaminophen and Drinking
June 24, 2003 Understanding Health and Drinking: The Case of France
June 1, 2003 What were they thinking?
May 27, 2003 Alcohol and Depression (pdf) (784KB) Requires Acrobat Reader
May 17, 2003 American Statistics on Older Adults and Drinking
May 13, 2003 Blood Tests for Alcohol Problems
May 12, 2003 Best Practices for Addressing Older Adults and Alcohol Issues (Backgrounder on Canadian Seniors and Alcohol from a National Meeting, Ottawa, 2001) (pdf) (284 KB) Requires Acrobat Reader
April 22, 2003 Making Sense of Research (Cochrane Consumers, external site)
April 5, 2003 Info sheet on Older Woman and Alcohol from Women's Addiction Foundation (pdf) (external site)
March 7, 2003 Alcohol and Depression in Older Adults
March 6, 2003 Power of Attorney and forced treatment
March 4, 2003 Pharmacy Awareness Week
("Spring cleaning time for your medicine cabinet")
February 28,2003 Quality of the Internet Alcohol Information Being Provided to Seniors
February 28, 2003 National Statistics (How many seniors are there in Canada?)
February 26, 2003 A Pocket Guide to Programs and Services for Ontario Seniors (2003 version)
February 25, 2003 Alberta seniors and the law project
February 20, 2003 Alcohol and Medication Interactions handout (pdf)
February 13, 2003 Health Canada acetaminophen warning
February 13, 2003 An introduction to dual diagnosis (concurrent disorders)
February 13, 2003 Aging courses in Nova Scotia listed
February 6, 2003 Alcohol and elder abuse (page is back)
February 4, 2003 More gerontology and aging courses in British Columbia listed
February 3, 2003 Cours de gérontologie
February 3, 2003 Manitoba courses listed.
January 29, 2003 The Invisible Web (play for seniors on alcohol and medication misuse)
January 28, 2003 British Columbia courses listed.
January 26, 2003 Abus Envers les AînésDéveloppement d'un réseau Québécois de prévention de l'abus envers les aînés.
Réseau Internet Francophone Vieillir en Liberté (RIFVEL)
Test pour évaluer le niveau de danger d'une personne âgée exposée à des risques d'abus et de négligence
January 26, 2003 Gerontology, Aging, and Counselling Courses offered in Canada for People Working with Older Adults
January 24, 2003 Antabuse & Naltrexone Are these drugs appropriate for older adults?
January 16, 2003 April training session in Winnipeg
January 15, 2003 Quebec Conference on Elder Abuse: A Collective Response
January 11, 2003. Code médicament. (Drug caution code for other the counter drugs, Quebec)
January 9, 2003. Psychotropic Drug Use in Skilled Nursing Facilities
January 9, 2003. National project on Psychosocial (non-biomedical) approaches to helping seniors maintain good mental health.
January 9, 2003. A variety of mental health resources.
January 8, 2003. Upcoming Events Find out what's happening.
January 4, 2003. A Standard Drink and Low Risk Drinking Guidelines
January 4, 2003. SWAP Players An amateur group of seniors who have experienced alcohol problems give plays about the issue.
January 4, 2003 Older Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender People Alcohol affects their lives in many ways.
January 4, 2003. HIV & AIDS It is more common than you may think among middle aged and older adults, and becoming more prevalent.
January 3, 2003. Alcohol and Cooking Cooking show messages. Does the alcohol used in cooking "just boil away"?
January 3, 2003. Alcohol and Congestive Heart Failure. Information about what we are learning the health risks of alcohol.
January 3, 2003. Employment Issues The connection between alcohol problems and job loss. It isn't all one direction.
January 3, 2003. Alcohol and Dental Problems. Heavy consumption can be hard on older adults' teeth.
January 3, 2003. Discrimination People who have alcohol problems should not be discriminated against in receiving help for their alcohol disorder, when receiving health care, or in their day to day living; alcohol problems as a disability.
December, 2002 Book review.
December 7, 2002 Seasonal and Year Round Tips for older adults who are cutting down or stopping drinking, and for their hosts and other guests.
December 2,2002. Highlights from CAMH's Addiction & Mental Health Indicators Among Ontario Adults. This page separates out the information for older adults, and points out some trends to be aware of.
November 22, 2002, Responsible Gambling Council (Ontario): Describes what is meant by "problem gambling", and identifies Ontario services providing problem gambling services. See: www.responsiblegambling.org
November 22, 2002, HATS (Health Action Theatre by Seniors) is a theatre group of seniors who offer interactive plays in mime so that these can be presented to people of any language and culture.
uses a form of educational theatre to raise awareness about difficult issues
facing seniors. ...[It] also promotes a positive problem-solving forum for both
audience and participants." (quote from the HATS site)
HATS' website (www.seniorstheatre.org) contains information about the approach, a manual for others to try the approach AND a script.
There is an interactive presentation on the site as well, portraying the life of an older immigrant woman who comes to Canada, and feels very much alone. Her children appear to see her only as a babysitter and as an income source when she finally receives her old age pension cheque. She is forced to turn the cheques over to them. She tries to deal with her loneliness and sadness with an increasing use of medications.
November 15, 2002. Best clinical practices in mental health for older adults. From BC Ministry of Health and BC Psychogeriatric Association. (Large file, 1157 KB)
November, 13, 2002.COPA's website has a clinical readings section.
November 12, 2002. Just How Caring Are We? Addressing the Stigma of Addictions in Older Adults. Presentation by Jennifer Barr, CAMH, at the Canadian Association on Gerontology conference in Montreal.
November 12, 2002. Online speech on ethics and avoiding covert coercion of clients, by Barbara Everett, CEO of Canadian Mental Health Foundation.
November 12, 2002. Online issue by the Journal of Addictions and Mental Health. Special article on addictions, older adults and ethics. Talks about resource allocation, discrimination, and utilitarian ethics.
November 5, 2002. Developing Prevention Materials for Your Community (Brochure Tips)
November 1, 2002. Housing Issues. Why some older renters get evicted, and resources to help.
October 20, 2002. New counselling resources on problem gambling.
October 9, 2002. COPA, Community Outreach Programs in Addictions has a new website.
October 8, 2002. Safe Haven. A safe, non-judgmental long term care environment in Edmonton, Alberta for residents with a history of chronic alcohol use.
October 5, 2002. Older adults and suicide.
October 1, 2002. A Role for Everyone
September 22, 2002. Some policy issues to think about that relate to seniors and alcohol.
September 22, 2002. Share your ideas. Let us know what you would like to see on the website.
September 22, 2002. Critical Research, and Good Research is Critical. It is very important that we have a sound understanding of the extent of alcohol problems among seniors. Often that is not the case, because national, regional and local surveys do not ask questions relevant to the lives of seniors. A case in point is the National Population Health Survey.
August 30, 2002. Policy Issues. An introduction to seniors as a health care and addiction services priority, the issue of discrimination. The need for moderate drinking guidelines specific to older adults.
August 22, 2002. In September, 2002 a national meeting will be held in Vancouver, B.C. on community development issues related to seniors and alcohol. To receive a report of the meeting, or to learn more on the issues from our background documents, click here.
August 17, 2002 Abuse of Older Adult: Projects and Committees in the Province of Ontario. Description: Identifies community work being done in 26 Ontario communities, with contact information. See: http://fp.kwic.com/~jpreston/projects.htm
August 13, 2002. Gambling
July 20, 2002. Tips for When You Have Older Clients…. Who Have Difficulty Seeing
July 12, 2002 National Advisory Council on Aging's July newsletter is called "Stop the Pain". Available on the Internet or you can order hard copy from them. Very readable. www.hc-sc.gc.ca/seniors-aines/pubs/expression/expintro_e.htm
July 11, 2002 Brochure information for seniors from Health Canada on
July 9, 2002 À toi de juger: Qu'est- ce qu'une boisson alcoolisée? Site from France which shows how different types of drink are equivalent in their alcohol content. (metric)
July 8, 2002 Medication Information Lines
June 23, 2002. Social isolation and visiting programs.
June 16, 2002. Vitamins as a way of reducing alcohol and depression related harms.
June 14, 2002. More Quebec addiction programs for seniors listed in the Canadian Programs section.
June 7, 2002 New facts and figures on alcohol problems in Ireland, and the special situation of older adults in the country.
June 5, 2002, "Geriatric Jeopardy"
This is a PowerPoint presentation prepared as a TV like game, where people test their knowledge on various aspects of aging. The presentation was created at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics.
May 28, 2002. Additional figures on long term alcohol related health problems in France.
May 20, 2002. French Language resources, "Les Médicaments et les Aînés". "UNE PILULE, DOCTEUR !"
May 10, 2002. An Introduction to Support Groups
May 2, 2002. Older Adults and Drinking. Basic statistics, useful for presentations.
April 14, 4002. Alcohol Withdrawal (PowerPoint presentation)
Alcohol Withdrawal (text version)
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