2012 Online Summer Series on Aging

When Your Aging Patient/Client is a Substance Abuser

Activity Details
  • Credit Amounts:
    • CME: 2.00
    • Other: 2.00
    • CPHCE: 2.00
  • Cost: Free
  • Release: Aug 1, 2012
  • Expires: Jul 31, 2018
  • Estimated Time to Complete:
    2 Hour(s)
  • System Requirements:
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G Jay Westbrook G Jay Westbrook, MS, RN, CHPN
Clinical Director
Compassionate Journey
Northridge, California

Needs Statement

Substance abuse in those 60+ is 70% higher than in the general population and is often masked, mistaken, misdiagnosed, or ignored ("it's her only pleasure" or "you can't teach an old dog new tricks").

Target Audience

Physicians, dietitians, certified health educators, nurses, physical therapists, psychologists, social workers, case managers, nursing home administrators, therapeutic recreation, and anyone interested in gerontology.


Upon completion of this educational activity, you will be able to:
  • Discuss the prevalence of substance abuse in the mature adult;
  • Give examples of the distinct problems in serving clients or patients who are either current substance abusers or historical substance abusers now in recovery;
  • Describe and dispel myths associated with substance abuse and recovery in mature adults;
  • Discuss the relationship between pain management and substance abuse;
  • Describe specific ways to minimize substance abuse in clients/patients with pain;
  • Discuss the roles of compassion and bravery in overcoming the unique problems involved in serving this client/patient population.


The University of Kentucky College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine presents this activity for educational purposes only. Participants are expected to utilize their own expertise and judgment while engaged in the practice of medicine. The content of the presentations is provided solely by presenters who have been selected for presentations because of recognized expertise in their field.

ACGME Competencies

  • Medical knowledge

UK Healthcare CECentral certifies this activity for 2.00 hours of participation.

University of Kentucky College of Public Health certifies that this educational activity was designated for 2.00 hours of Public Health Continuing Education (CPHCE) credit. This course is approved for continuing education by the University of Kentucky College of Public Health. ()

Faculty Disclosure

No speaker or planners have any relevant financial relationships to disclose. No speaker will discuss the off-label use of a product.

Review Date

July 1, 2015