What Can Lead Your Senior To Drug Or Alcohol Abuse?

In America, approximately 2.5 million older adults have an alcohol or drug problem. And, the numbers are increasing. Many seniors head towards drug abuse knowingly or unknowingly. And, here are the factors that can lead your senior to drug abuse.

Loss of a loved one – Death of a family member, friend, spouse or even pet can lead your senior to depression. They might take the help of alcohol to overcome the grief. Over time, alcohol drinking may become a habit for them.

Stress – Seniors, who are stressed, are more likely to turn to alcohol or drug abuse. It includes stress about financial or personal problems. Chronic diseases can also make your senior stressed.

Diseases – Medical conditions like dementia and Alzheimer’s can make it difficult for your loved one to keep track of their medication. They may forget to take medicines or may take it twice. Seniors taking medication for chronic illnesses may take more than necessary medicines to gain better results.

Signs like balance issues, changes in appetite, sleeping issues, depression, frequent medication shopping and cognitive problems indicate that senior may have a substance problem. In that case, you should talk to them and try to help them. Assist them in medication management and provide companionship to reduce their isolation along with depression.

In case, you can’t be there often, make sure someone (a family member, friend or a professional caregiver) is there to care for your loved one. Caregivers can help your senior manage their daily routine with proper assistance.

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