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Dual Diagnosis in Older Adults

Monday 10 December 2018
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

Dual Diagnosis in Older Adults
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“For too long, the topic of substance misuse in older people has been ignored. A new approach, that is non-discriminatory, comprehensive and needs-led, is now essential.”Our Invisible Addicts, Royal College of Psychiatrists  March 2018

“The proportion of older people with substance misuse continues to rise more rapidly than can be explained by the rise in the proportion of older people in the UK” Our Invisible Addicts, Royal College of Psychiatrists  March 2018

“Substance misuse amongst older people continues to grow as the population of “baby boomers” ages, increasing both the number of older people and the percentage of the older population with experience of substance misuse… Improving health and social outcomes for older people with substance related disorders requires a rigorous approach… There is a need for best practice to be implemented and extended to all relevant settings”Our Invisible Addicts, Royal College of Psychiatrists  March 2018

“Older people of the "Baby Boomer" generation have shown the fastest rise in substance misuse compared with all other age groups. With a wide range of substances involved that add to the existing burden of mental disorders such as depression and dementia, there is a pressing need to embed the assessment, treatment and aftercare into policy and practice.” Dr Tony Rao Co-Chair, Working Group, Our Invisible Addicts & Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist and Visiting Researcher, Institute of Psychiatry Clinical Academic Group Lead for Dual Diagnosis, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust July 2018

“Substance misuse in older people is associated with reduced life expectancy and accelerated ageing, which is further compounded by socio-economic deprivation” Our Invisible Addicts, Royal College of Psychiatrists  March 2018

“Greater value needs to be placed on the requirements and wishes of older substance misusers” Our Invisible Addicts, Royal College of Psychiatrists  March 2018

The 2018 Royal College of Psychiatrist Report ‘Our Invisible Addicts’ highlights the importance of developing effective dual diagnosis services for older adults – from early intervention through treatment to recovery and preventing relapse. This conference will focus on managing the growing problem of substance abuse in older people and look at developing a person centred approach to developing care pathways for substance misuse within mental health services for older people and mental health treatment for older people within substance misuse services.

This conference will enable you to:

  • Network with colleagues who are working to improve dual diagnosis services for older adults
  • Learn from outstanding practice in developing services for assessment, diagnosis, harm reduction and recovery
  • Reflect on national developments
  • Learn from the lived experience of an older adult
  • Ensure you are up to date with evidence for treatment interventions and services relating to the management of substance use disorders in older people
  • Develop your skills in understanding ethical and legal considerations for older people with substance misuse: self neglect and unwise decisions
  • Understand how you can improve screening, early intervention & risk assessment  
  • Improve prevention and reduce social isolation in older people
  • Develop effective working and support for homeless older adults
  • Identify key strategies for relapse prevention
  • Ensure you are up to date with the latest evidence on alcohol-related brain damage and physical complications of substance misuse
  • Self assess and reflect on your own practice
  • Gain cpd accreditation points contributing to professional development and revalidation evidence

 

100% of delegates at our previous conference on this subject would recommend it to a colleagues

 

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