Opiate dependency; opiates are often prescribed for pain management in mid-age to older adults.
Mid-age to older adults are at a higher risk for dangerous alcohol and medication interactions. The combination of alcohol and benzodiazepines, opiates/pain medications, sleeping pills are particularly unsafe.
Alcohol may decrease the effectiveness of drugs or intensify side effects. These side effects may include dizziness, lack of coordination, cognitive impairment, falls, car accidents.
Older adults use more prescription drugs; polypharmacy (more than 5 drugs) is common as we age and the risk of adverse reactions increases.
One in three hospital treatment admissions of older adults are associated with emergency room admissions.
Cognitive symptoms in mood disorders are likely related to a decrease in the functioning of the frontal lobes of the brain.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) which helps to uncover and change negative thoughts or points of view that are causing and prolonging stress and anxiety is a useful therapeutic tool.
Often, assessments include a neuropsychological exam.