Presentation on theme: "Elder Substance Abuse Nguyet T. Chau"— Presentation transcript:
1 Elder Substance Abuse Nguyet T. Chau Boston College, William F. Connell School of NursingKeys 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.ServicesBasic Needs ServiceFamily InterventionTEAMYouth Tutoring YouthPregnancy CounselingElder Social ServicesNursing Assistant/Home Health Aide TrainingVisiting Nurses Services
3 Mentoring Experience Priscilla Greene Community Project Registered NurseMasters in NursingVNS Program DirectorCommunity ProjectDiscussion on topics that effect VNS patient populationElder Substance AbuseHoardingHome SafetyDiabetes ManagementPlanImplementation
4 Addictions in the Elderly Addictions in the elderly is considered a hidden epidemicAlcoholism“Hardy survivors”Late onsetNicotine addictionPrescription drugsValium, Xanax, HalcionBenzodiazepines
5 Barriers to Receiving Treatment Substance AbuserDenialAnticipatory/Relief oriented beliefsShame and guiltFamily and FriendsRationalizationEnablersHealthcare ProviderLack of awarenessEmbarrassment or fear of confrontationStereotyping
7 Community Health Project GoalTo develop a screening tool that can identify elder substance abuse in the population of South BostonTaskResearchScreening tools specific toSubstance being usedGeriatric populationCommunity resourcesCreate brochuresGenerate interest
8 ReferencesAging in Canada. (2004). Alcohol and Seniors Barriers to Receiving Help. RetrievedfromAmerican Family Physician. (2000). Alcoholism in the Elderly. Retrieved fromColorado Coalition for Elder Rights and Abuse Prevention. (2011). Substance AbuseAmong Older Adults: An Invisible Epidemic. Retrieved fromInstitute of Alcohol Studies. (2010). Alcohol and the Elderly. Retrieved fromNational Institute of Drug Abuse. (2011). NIDA Info Facts: Understanding DrugAbuse and Addiction. Retrieved fromunderstand.htmlSubstance Abuse and Mental Health Services. (2008). The Impact of Substance Useand Abuse by the Elderly: The Next 20 to 30 years. Retrieved from:
10 Purpose of the ProgramExpose the nursing students to the population of Domestic Violence (DV) survivorsRaise the nursing student’s awareness about DVProvide health information to an underserved population of women
11 About Casa Myrna Vasquez IntroductionAbout Casa Myrna VasquezHistoryConfidentialityABOUT: Non profit organization: aim is to provide a range of programs to victims of domestic and dating violenceHISTORY: Casa Myrna was founded in the mid 1970s by neighborhood activists and street workers in Boston’s South End. Day after day, they found themselves listening with outrage and frustration as neighborhood women confided of beatings and abuse at the hands of their husbands or partners. Children talked about the abuse of their mothers.
12 Overview Training Residential programs Supportive Services Projects TeachingAdvocacy
13 TrainingHosted by the Greater Boston Domestic Violence Volunteer Consortium (GBDVVC)25 hoursSessionsDomestic Violence(DV) 101Teen Dating ViolenceDating Violence in CollegeLGTBQ issuesChildren and DVSexual Assault
14 Residential Services Rotated for 3 weeks Teen Parenting Program Mary Foreman Emergency ShelterTransitional Living Program
15 Supportive Services SafeLink hotline Legal advocacy program Housing specialistSelf-sufficiency SpecialistCounseling servicesCommunity AdvocacyEducation and OutreachSafeLink is the Massachusetts statewide 24/7 toll-free domestic violence hotline operated by Casa Myrna. SafeLink hotline advocates are multilingual, and have access to a translation service that can provide translation in more than 130 languages. All calls to SafeLink are free, confidential and anonymous.