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Thrive : A supportive network for family and friend caregivers of older adults who use substances or alcohol Hamilton, Michee-Ana; Klimas, Jan


Detecting problematic substance use in older adults is often hard because many symptoms of substance use are similar to the symptoms of other physical illnesses common in the aging population. The use of substances and alcohol also makes an elderly person’s care needs more complex. Family caregivers are critical in helping to manage substance use and promoting successful aging. Caregiving requires many sacrifices, and often caregivers end up giving up their own well-being while providing care for their loved ones.

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