The Addicted Geriatric Patient

  • Sherry CummingsEmail author
  • R. Lyle Cooper


The older population in the U.S. is growing at an unprecedented rate. At present, there are 37 million people 65 years of age and over in the United States. Due to the aging of the baby boomers, this population will expand to more than 71 million by 2030 [1]. Approximately 2.5 million older adults have substance abuse problems. This number is expected to double to 5 million by 2020 [2]. Projections indicate that increases in the number of older adults with problem substance use will increase across race, ethnicity, and gender. As the population of older substance abusers continues to grow, so too will the number of older in-patients and surgical patients with substance abuse disorders.


Substance Abuse Treatment Illegal Drug Alcohol Misuse Substance Abuse Problem Motivational Enhancement 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Social WorkUniversity of TennesseeNashvilleUSA

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