Surprisingly, alcoholism among the elderly is more prevalent than most people realize. Research has uncovered a sobering statistic – as many as 4% of elderly adults are struggling with alcoholism. Alcoholism is not something to be ashamed of. It’s important to approach the topic of alcoholism with empathy and care. Our concern for our loved ones is rooted in our desire to ensure their safety and well-being.
If you or someone you know are facing the challenges of alcoholism or addiction, there are numerous resources available for support.
These resources include:
- Treatment programs
- Specialized centers
- Alcohol alternatives such as mocktails
At ElderHealth, we prioritize a non-judgmental approach. We meet our patients and their families wherever they are on their journey and provide the support they need, tailored to their unique circumstances.
Concerns with alcohol in older adults
The majority of older adults rely on daily medications to manage various medical conditions. Some medications may pose risks when taken alongside alcohol. Additionally, alcohol consumption can lead to dehydration, unsteady gait, increasing the risk of falls, injuries, and potential hospitalization that might require rehabilitation. Alcohol can worsen some medical conditions such as osteoporosis, diabetes, high blood pressure etc. When alcohol dependency and related behaviors are involved, finding suitable care and placement can become a challenging endeavor.
Mocktails & Alternatives
There are numerous highly-rated mocktail options on the market, like Ritual Zero Proof. Offering alternatives to traditional spirits such as whisky, rum, tequila, and gin. Additionally, you’ll find a wealth of recipes for low-calorie, low-sugar alcohol-free options when searching the internet. Consider trying sparkling water infused with a zesty squeeze of lemon. It’s a simple, refreshing and a delightful way to quench your thirst.
How ElderHealth Supports Patients And Families
At ElderHealth, we place a strong emphasis on getting to know our patients—learning about their backgrounds, life experiences, preferences, and dislikes. Understanding their routines and history is paramount in delivering individualized exceptional care. We prioritize providing unwavering support to the primary caregiver and the entire family as they navigate the complex healthcare system and address the evolving medical needs of their loved one no matter their lifestyle. Our goal is to collaborate and develop recommendations that enhance and support the patient’s wishes and overall quality of life. With a licensed clinical social worker by your side, navigating challenges and disease processes becomes a smoother and more holistic journey.