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Common Risk Factors for Older Adults

  • Retirement
    • Lack of a sense of purpose
    • Lack of structure
    • Less accountability
    • Lower self-esteem
    • More free time
  • Loneliness
  • Isolation
  • Health problems
  • Depression
  • Grief/Loss
    • Deteriorating health
    • Job loss
    • Loss of loved ones
  • Older Adults are less likely to seek help
  • May have a long history drinking/drugging
  • Older Adults have a decreased tolerance for alcohol and other drugs, largely due to having:
    • Less bodily fluids
    • Less muscle, more fat
    • A slower metabolism
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