The Opioid and Addiction Crisis Knows No Age Discrimination Sponsored by PhRMA. Tuesday, March 27 | 4:30–5:30 PM Plaza A (Lobby Level) CEU credits: 0 A report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration notes that nearly half of older adults suffer from some form of chronic pain disorder, and consequently, the misuse of opioids in the senior population is anticipated to double by 2020. Addiction is a problem at all age levels and, for older adults, the dangers of drug misuse are amplified by confusion, breathing complications, and an increased risk of falling. This session will discuss the magnitude of substance use disorder in the senior population and steps that can be taken to address the problem. Topics covered will include behavior patterns (stockpiling and sharing of medications), drug diversion techniques, caregiver resources and avenues to find online help.
Presenters : Lisa D’Ambrosio, PhD, Research Scientist, MIT AgeLab; Kenneth Kell, PhD, Senior Research Scientist, Tivity Health; Kyle Rakow, MBA, Vice President and National Director, AARP Driver Safety, AARP; Elizabeth Rula, PhD, Executive Director, Principal Investigator, Tivity Health.
Kyle Rakow Elizabeth Rula
Addressing Malnutrition: A Growing Problem Among Older Adults Sponsored by West Health.
Wednesday, March 28 | 1:00–2:30 PM Franciscan A (Ballroom Level)
Reducing Social Isolation and Maintaining Driving Independence Among Older Adults Sponsored by Tivity Health.
CEU credits: 1.5 Malnutrition among older adults is a growing health problem that is escalating disease-related costs and contributing to poor health outcomes and loss of independence. This interactive session is designed to gather feedback and further refine the proposed roadmap suggested by leaders in the field for tackling this critical issue by removing the policy, regulatory and practice barriers and ensuring a holistic, integrated approach to avert the growing crisis of malnutrition among older adults in America. Presenters: Zia Agha, MD, Chief Medical Officer & Executive Vice President of Clinical Research, West Health Institute; Uche Akobundu, Senior Director, Nutrition Strategy and Impact, Meals on Wheels America; Jeanne Blankenship, Vice President of Policy Initiatives and Advocacy, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; Chris Burke, Founder, Collaboration, Inc; Sandy Markwood, Chief Executive Officer, National Association of Area Agencies on Aging; Tim McNeill, Director, Freedmen’s Health.
Wednesday, March 28 | 1:00–2:30 PM Union Square 5-6 (Tower 3, 4th Floor)
CEU credits: 1.5 Social isolation is a great threat to well-being in older age, and the ability to drive is paramount to staying connected, particularly in areas where the population is more dispersed, access to goods and services is reduced, and public transportation alternatives are few. This session will review these issues with a focus on solutions, reviewing SilverSneakers fitness program and AARP driver safety programs and their impact on social isolation and driving.
C hris Burke
2018 Aging in America Conference
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