Colleran explains some of the causes of alcohol and medication dependence in older adults, such as voluntary or involuntary retirement, death of a loved one, a change of residence, or health problems such as pain or insomnia. Warning signs are detailed, and suggestions for approaching seniors with these problems, including intervention, are given. A list of additional resources is included.
"Older Adults And Addiction: Why We Should Care,"
Marquette Elder's Advisor:
1, Article 5.
Available at: http://scholarship.law.marquette.edu/elders/vol6/iss1/5