HEALTHIER AGING: Assessing an older adult for alcohol use disorders
Travis “Pete Lewis RN, PhD

June 2008 
Volume 38  Number 6
Pages 60 - 61
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Lewis, Travis “Pete RN, PhD”

Issue: Volume 38(6), June 2008, p 60–61 Publication Type: [Department: …& more: HEALTHIER AGING: Caring for older adults] Publisher: © 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Institution(s): Travis “Pete” Lewis is an assistant professor of nursing at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, La.

AMONG AMERICANS age 65 or older, up to 15% may have health risks from consuming alcohol. From 2% to 4% of older adults may abuse or be dependent on alcohol, and the incidence of alcohol problems in this age-group is on the rise. 1,2

In this article, I'll tell you how to look for clues to alcohol abuse and perform a thorough assessment. But first, let's look at why problems with alcohol are often undetected.

Hidden problem

Drinking problems can be overlooked because health ...

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