Substance abuse and addiction were once considered an issue that primarily affected the young, however, the elderly population is increasingly abusing alcohol, prescription medications and illicit drugs.

Elderly substance abusers face a myriad risks, including cognitive impairment, harmful medication interactions, poor nutrition, social isolation and an increased risks of falls and injuries. Alcohol and drug abuse is also linked to increased mortality rates and healthcare costs.

This problem is growing at such a rate that a Clinics in Geriatric Medicine article asserts that substance use disorders (SUD) will more than double in this age group. Specifically, it’s predicted that “SUD rates among people older than 50 years are projected to increase from about 2.8 million in 2006 to 5.7 million in 2020.”

With these rising numbers comes an increased need for specialized substance abuse treatment. One scientific review comments on this, noting that “The number of elders requiring treatment for substance abuse is also expected to rise dramatically in the coming years and will double by 2020.”

Our mission is to educate as many people as possible by providing informational resources that increase understanding and awareness of addiction—a disease that unfortunately affects those within the 65+ community. Research suggests that substance use is an emerging public health issue among the nation's older adults.

We hope that the information we provide can help seniors and their loved ones become aware of this, and help them find treatment.

If you or a loved one is in need of help, please visit Or by calling 1-888-966-8973.



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Alzheimer's Association

The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.  Our mission is to eliminate alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. 

On the site you will be able to find useful information such as:

  • What is Alzheimer's Disease
  • Know the 10 signs
  • The difference between Alzheimer's and Dementia
  • Treatments
  • Approaching Memory Loss Concerns
  • And much much more
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Aventail Wealth Management LLC.

Aventail Wealth Management LLC.

Aventail Wealth Management is a Florida registered investment advisory firm (RIA).  RIAs are fiduciaries and therefore held to the highest level of care to do what is in the “best interest” of their clients.  The firm consists of local financial professionals that seek to understand their clients unique goals and circumstances to then find the solutions that meet those needs.

They specialize in:

  • Serving as corporate trustee
  • Holistic financial planning
  • Active money management
  • Estate settlement
  • Educating clients and the community

Aventail has chosen one of the most trusted financial custodian’s in the world, Charles Schwab.  This combination delivers the desirable protection of a major institution while simultaneously maintaining the high level of service of a local boutique financial advisory firm.  Aventail Wealth Management’s mission statement is to partner with families to help them find and maintain a lifetime of financial peace of mind.

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