Combating Elderly Addiction with Professional Senior Care Services
Today’s post shines a light on elderly addiction in North, Texas then explains how professional senior care services help treat and prevent substance abuse. Read on or call 940-241-2273 to start a senior care consultation right away.
Prevalence of Elderly Addiction in North, Texas
Statistics show that nearly 1 in 5 (17%) of adults ages 65 and older have drug or alcohol problems. That’s nearly twice the rate of the overall population. And this year, the number of seniors struggling with addiction is estimated to reach 6-million, according to Harry Houtunian, author of Not As Prescribed; Recognizing and Facing Alcohol and Drug Misuse in Older Adults.
Prescription drug abuse is also a serious and growing issue for seniors in Texas.
In a 2017 report by the AARP Public Policy Institute, researchers analyzed data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health to estimate the prevalence of prescription drug abuse among seniors. Painkillers were the most widely abused prescription drugs in 2015, reported by approximately 3.4% of adults 50-64 and 1.2% of adults age 65 and older. With over 40% of older adults living with chronic pain, opioid painkiller use must be carefully monitored.
Elderly addiction is a serious problem, but it is treatable, and our senior care service is designed to help.
Treat and Prevent Elderly Addiction With Senior Care Services
Though we are not trained addiction specialists, our professional senior care services perfectly complement other interventions. Here are just a few of the ways we can help prevent and treat substance abuse:
- Monitor your loved one—After establishing behavioral baselines, we will report any changes to your loved one’s behavior, mood, appetite, and sleep patterns. This is an essential component of addiction prevention and recovery plans, and the only way to find peace of mind when a loved one is at-risk.
- Manage medication use—Our senior care workers already help with medication management, so it’s easy to track your loved one’s daily intake. Beyond regulating their dosage, this will help prevent negative drug interactions that may result from unmonitored “polypharmacy,” and ensure your loved one isn’t mixing alcohol and prescription medication.
- Connect you with recovery resources in North, Texas. As part of North, Texas’s senior care community, we’ve built strong relationships with local occupational therapists, long-term care supports, assisted living facilities, social workers, and rehabilitation/detox centers. If you need referrals, or you need us to contact local addiction centers and book your consultation, we can help.
- Reduce addiction risk factors. Some of the most common risk factors for addiction include depression, loneliness, and social isolation. Our senior care services are designed to combat these common risk factors by keeping your loved one connected with the people that matter most, and helping them do the things they love.
Free Senior Care Consultation in North, Texas
Call 940-241-2273 or visit the Always Best Care Southlake-Denton website to learn more about what’s included in our senior care service.