New Hampshire Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors Association

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Substance Misuse & Abuse in Older Adults: Myths and Misconceptions

  • October 28, 2019
  • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • NHADACA, 130 Pembroke Rd. Suite 100, Concord, NH 03301
  • 18


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A 6 hour training event with Eileen Fingerman, MD

8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (registration begins at 8:00 a.m.)

PRESENTATION: Substance abuse in Elders is a growing, complex and often silent epidemic. It is under estimated, under recognized, under diagnosed and under treated. Multiple chronic illnesses, polypharmacy and physiological effects of aging can all lead to misuse. Substance misuse and abuse among older adults is often overlooked, mistaking the symptoms for those of dementia, depression or other problems common to older adults. Dr. Fingerman will discuss and dispel common myths and misconceptions about addiction in older adults. As a result of attending this training, participants will be able to:

• Understand how age related physiological changes can lead to misuse and abuse

• Identify the challenges/barriers to treating elders with addiction

• Discuss the difference between “early onset” and “late onset” addiction

• Understand how Substance Use Disorder (SUD) is complicated in elders because many of the signs and symptoms of SUD are often seen in elders without SUD.

PRESENTER: Dr. Fingerman is a family physician, geriatrician and medical director of Ibis Health Services which provides intensive self-management for elders with multiple chronic medical conditions to foster successful aging in place. She is also on the faculty at Maine Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency program in Augusta where she teaches medical students, residents, and fellows about the care of elders. She is a clinical assistant professor of community and family medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and at the University of New England. Eileen has a particular interest in addiction medicine and has taken care of patients with addiction problems for many years, and has been the director of Suboxone clinics in central Maine. She is board certified in integrative and holistic medicine and has a particular interest in herbal medicine, and the role of diet in health and disease. Eileen has been teaching and seeing patients for more than 25 years, imparting her passion for helping elders to age most successfully. She is also board certified in integrative and holistic medicine and has a particular interest in herbal medicine and the role of diet in health and disease. Eileen lives in Sidney on a 40-acre organic farm with her husband Tom and daughter Kira, where they grow the majority of their own food and do their best to live simply in a stone house her husband built.

Fee:  *NHADACA Members $55.    *Non-Members $65.  *NBCC add $5. Lunch will be on your own. For registration information contact:  603-225-7060

6 Contact Hours Available
Certified Prevention Specialist Domains: 1 & 6
LADC/MLADC Categories of Competence: 5, 13, 15-18
CRSW Performance Domains:  2-4
NBCC: LICSW/L-MFT/LCMHC (Category 1) & Psychologist Category A
NH Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors Association has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider. ACEP No 6754. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. NHADACA is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.


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