Presented by Dr. Bonnie Purcell, Ph.d., C. Psych.

About This Webinar:

Alcohol-related problems are an often unrecognized challenge in working with older adults. Even without increasing their alcohol consumption from their younger years, older adults can experience increased effects of alcohol due to age-related physiological changes and alcohol-drug interactions, and/or increased reliance on alcohol as a coping strategy with significant life changes. Stigma can elicit reactions of denial and defensiveness in older clients with traditional (and often confrontational) questions about alcohol use. The Senior Alcohol Misuse Indicator (SAMI) tool is a screening tool developed at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health that provides a gentle, non-confrontational approach to elicit information to determine if there are concerns related to alcohol use/misuse.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the changes that occur with aging that necessitate a different approach to screening for alcohol use with older adults.
  2. Learn about a new screening tool developed at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health to help with alcohol-related discussion with older adults.

About the Presenter:

Dr. Purcell is a registered clinical psychologist with the London-Middlesex Behavioural Response Team and Geriatric Mental Health Program with London Health Sciences Centre. She has been working in the field of alcohol-related problems among the senior population for 15 years. Her current research focuses primarily in the identification of alcohol-related problems among older adults (including the development and validation of the Senior Alcohol Misuse Indicator), but she has also published work related to suicide prevention in older adults. Her clinical experiences include assessment, consultation, and psychotherapy in inpatient and outpatient geriatric psychiatry and concurrent disorders.

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