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1 ELDER SUBSTANCE ABUSE Nguyet T. Chau Boston College, William F. Connell School of Nursing Keys to Inclusive Leadership in Nursing (KILN)

2 Laboure Center Location: South Boston Mission: To build communities, promote family life, and enhance human dignity by providing quality services to meet the physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs of individuals and families of all faiths and beliefs. Services Basic Needs Service Family Intervention TEAM Youth Tutoring Youth Pregnancy Counseling Elder Social Services Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide Training Visiting Nurses Services

3 Mentoring Experience Priscilla Greene Registered Nurse Masters in Nursing VNS Program Director Community Project Discussion on topics that effect VNS patient population Elder Substance Abuse Hoarding Home Safety Diabetes Management Plan Implementation

4 Addictions in the Elderly Addictions in the elderly is considered a hidden epidemic Alcoholism Hardy survivors Late onset Nicotine addiction Prescription drugs Valium, Xanax, Halcion Benzodiazepines

5 Barriers to Receiving Treatment Substance Abuser Denial Anticipatory/Relief oriented beliefs Shame and guilt Family and Friends Rationalization Enablers Healthcare Provider Lack of awareness Embarrassment or fear of confrontation Stereotyping

6 Nursing Role Primary Prevention Education Secondary Prevention Health Screenings Tertiary Prevention Rehabilitation

7 Community Health Project Goal To develop a screening tool that can identify elder substance abuse in the population of South Boston Task Research Screening tools specific to Substance being used Geriatric population Community resources Create brochures Generate interest

8 References Aging in Canada. (2004). Alcohol and Seniors Barriers to Receiving Help. Retrieved from American Family Physician. (2000). Alcoholism in the Elderly. Retrieved from Colorado Coalition for Elder Rights and Abuse Prevention. (2011). Substance Abuse Among Older Adults: An Invisible Epidemic. Retrieved from Institute of Alcohol Studies. (2010). Alcohol and the Elderly. Retrieved from National Institute of Drug Abuse. (2011). NIDA Info Facts: Understanding Drug Abuse and Addiction. Retrieved from understand.html Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services. (2008). The Impact of Substance Use and Abuse by the Elderly: The Next 20 to 30 years. Retrieved from:

9 Casa Myrna Domestic Violence Shelter Sabianca Delva Boston College

10 Purpose of the Program Expose the nursing students to the population of Domestic Violence (DV) survivors Raise the nursing students awareness about DV Provide health information to an underserved population of women

11 Introduction About Casa Myrna Vasquez History Confidentiality

12 Overview Training Residential programs Supportive Services Projects Teaching Advocacy

13 Training Hosted by the Greater Boston Domestic Violence Volunteer Consortium (GBDVVC) 25 hours Sessions Domestic Violence(DV) 101 Teen Dating Violence Dating Violence in College LGTBQ issues Children and DV Sexual Assault

14 Residential Services Rotated for 3 weeks Teen Parenting Program Mary Foreman Emergency Shelter Transitional Living Program

15 Supportive Services SafeLink hotline Legal advocacy program Housing specialist Self-sufficiency Specialist Counseling services Community Advocacy Education and Outreach

16 Notable Projects Teaching Project Womens Health Topics HIV HPV/Cervical Cancer Breast Self Exam Props Advocacy Project Recipe Book Newsletter

17 Conclusion Reality check Enlightenment Empowerment Working with underserved populations Value of teaching

18 Questions & Answers


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