TOPIC: Lesson 7 Substance Use in Older Adults

Lesson 7 Discussion (250 words or one page).

Please review the readings attached and consider the following in your discussion response:

•    What do Social Workers need to be aware of relating to substance use in older adults?
•    What are some considerations for a Social Worker who has concerns about an older adult’s use of substances?
•    Did any information in the readings/video surprise you?
•    As a Social Worker, what questions would you want to ask an older adult client you are working with to determine if there are any substance use concerns?

Lesson 7 Reading & Video Resources

The Scope of Substance Use in Older Adults- https://nida.nih.gov/publications/drugfacts/substance-use-in-older-adults-drugfacts

Substance Use Disorder in Older Adults: A Growing Threat-https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/articles/substance-use-disorders-in-older-adults-a-growing-threat

Drug Use, Misuse and Dependence in Older Adults- https://www.hazeldenbettyford.org/education/bcr/addiction-research/older-adults-drug-abuse-ru-315

TOPIC: Lesson 8 Older Adults and Finances

Lesson 8 Discussion(250 words or one page).

Please review the readings attached and consider the following in your discussion response:

· Please share your thoughts after reviewing the readings.

· What are some of the financial challenges for older adults and their families?

· What are the gaps in resources needed to support this population?

· Did you learn about any new financial resources for older adults?

· As a Social Worker, how could you help support your older adult clients who are experiencing financial difficulties?

Lesson 8 Assignment

For this assignment, please contact a local assisted living community, nursing home, board and care, memory care facility, etc. and inquire about the following:

· What is the pricing for care at the facility and what is included in that price? Does the facility take Medicare, Medicaid, Private Insurance, or Private Pay? Do they offer any other financial assistance?

Please follow the outline below for your work:

· Introduction relating to the facility you contacted and your experience in obtaining information.

· Provide information about the pricing of the facility based on care and any particular insurance accepted and/or financial assistance offered.

· What are some of the challenges an older adult or their family may face financially in looking for out-of-home care? What about a single older adult without any family?

This should be approximately one page and include high-quality writing. Please include a title page and double-check all spelling and grammar before submitting. Also, please make sure to cite all relevant information and include references as appropriate.

Lesson 8 Reading & Video Resources

CFB: Working with Older Adults- https://www.consumerfinance.gov/consumer-tools/educator-tools/resources-for-older-adults/

Money for Older Adults- https://www.ncoa.org/older-adults/money

The Financial Situations of Older Adults- https://www.jchs.harvard.edu/sites/default/files/harvard_jchs_housing_growing_population_2016_chapter_4.pdf

Financial Independence for Older Adults-https://www.socialworktoday.com/archive/Winter21p18.shtml

Paying for Care- https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/paying-care


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