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How Does Ageism & Age Discrimination Affect Older Adults' Health
Listen To My Latest Podcast Episode: How Does Ageism & Age Discrimination Affect Older Adults' Health
Many older adults decide to stop drinking as they get older (YAY!).
There's an ageist idea circling around society, however, that suggests that "older adults can't change". This idea is not only false, it's incredibly harmful to older adults who may just believe this erroneous statement and never get the help they need when it comes to substance use disorders and other mental health conditions.
Some researchers and mental health and aging groups talk about the invisibility of alcohol use among older adults, explaining that even though the number of older adults with alcohol problems is on the rise, alcohol use disorders are too often unrecognized and untreated. Some reasons for this have to do with symptoms of problematic drinking often masquerading as other health conditions in older adults like diabetes, dementia, and depression.
To complicate matters, many older adults don't seek professional help for what they often consider a "private matter" and...