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Ageing well – Alcohol and other drugs use in later life: Evidence Review (chapter three)

Published: 17/11/2021

Author: Livingston W



Chapter three explores key issues relating to alcohol and other drugs use in later life. It discusses the various factors which may contribute to the use of alcohol and both prescription and non-prescription drugs, including long-term health condition or loneliness, as well as recreation and social connection. The chapter discusses how those working in adult social care may be better equipped and supported to respond positively to the diverse and often complex needs of this group of older adults, while underscoring the value of integrated working across different types of services.

Chapter three will be of interest to practitioners, residential care managers, substance use and dual-diagnosis service managers, strategic planners responsible for the development of local authority substance use and older adult strategies, and those responsible for the procurement and planning of age-specific drug and alcohol services.

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