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Stuart J. Finkelstein, MD

Are Our Senior Citizens Hooked on Drugs?

Do you know what the fastest-growing U.S. population is? Here’s a hint: This population is expected to double in the next 20 years. If your answer was adults older than 65 years old, you were correct. What age group do you think uses more psychoactive medications than any other group? That’s right, our seniors, and that’s possibly your Grandma or Grandpa, or even your Mom or Dad who take prescription medication on a daily basis.

Thursday, December 2, 2010/Author: Stuart J. Finkelstein, MD/Number of views (904)/Comments (0)/
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Addiction, Aging and Hope

Older adult addiction is a changing dynamic in this country. With the graying of the Boomers and a shift of alcohol and chemical abuse to include illicit drugs and polypharmacy, aging and addiction is now intergenerational. There are striking differences in how traditional older adults (those aged 65+) and Boomers experience addiction and recovery.

Saturday, September 5, 2009/Author: Anonym/Number of views (736)/Comments (0)/
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Treating the Elderly Substance Abusing Patient

I am a forensic psychologist by training.  One of the risks of my background is to focus on the notion of pathology and disease.  I frequently offer that one of the causes of our seemingly endless uneasiness, our collective “disease,” is that our ecology, in the purest sense of the word, and our commerce with the world, is unnatural and unlike ever in our history.

Thursday, April 9, 2009/Author: Anonym/Number of views (675)/Comments (0)/
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