Alcohol in the lives of older adults: Understanding and intervening across the UK
Tue 21st May 2019
The 21st century has become the century of the older drinker and we are not prepared for the consequences of this trend. Alcohol is the drug of choice for a wealthy population of baby boomers who are now drinking at levels never seen in previous generations of retirees. Ageing increases the risks of any alcohol use and makes older adults a key at-risk population of drinkers. However, our primary health care professionals are not adequately prepared to screen and manage older drinkers, our health systems are not designed to cater for an impending wave of older drinkers in need of treatment, and alcohol policies across the UK currently do little to stem the tide of harm for older drinkers.
This one-day networking conference will include a morning of presentations from experts across disciplines, including emerging researchers in ageing. Dr Andy Towers (an international expert from New Zealand) will describe a newly funded pilot approach to identifying and managing older drinkers in primary health care. This will be followed by presentations from experts including Drs. Sarah Wadd, Tony Rao, Claire McEvoy, and Julie Breslin (Drink Wise Age Well) and emerging researchers. A comprehensive round-table discussion will aim to identify the most critical gaps in our knowledgebase on older adults’ risky drinking.
Tickets are limited so to ensure your space please click on this link to register https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/alcohol-in-the-lives-of-older-adults-understanding-and-intervening-across-the-uk-tickets-59431075948