Peninsula Health’s Older Wiser Lifestyles (OWL) program, Australia’s first older adult AOD specific service partnered with the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA) to develop a practical guide that outlines the increasing risk of alcohol and other drug (AOD) harms among this cohort. Many of these individuals may not attend traditional AOD treatment services. AOD services and the wider community of healthcare providers may need to adapt their services to meet the needs of this emerging cohort.
The guide provides health and welfare workers with practical advice on how to reduce alcohol and other drug-related harms among older people. Services may need to increase their capacity to identify and engage with this population.
Earlier this year NCETA hosted the Grey Matters Conference in Adelaide and are keen to explore ways to enhance the capacity of AOD services to identify and engage with older adults; and meet the needs of this population.