Addiction Among Seniors Expected to Triple by 2020

senior substance abuseThe aging baby boomer population, which is now facing financial strain, job loss, declining health, and grieving the death of a parent, has some addiction experts concerned.

“As Baby Boomers enter a transitional stage in their lives, [those] new stressors…make them more prone to depression and anxiety,” Dr. Barbara Krantz of the nonprofit Hanley Center addiction treatment facility said Wednesday in a statement, reported.

That depression and anxiety is fueling both substance abuse and other behavioral addictions, such as hoarding and compulsive gambling, experts say.

According to Tampa Bay Online, government reports show an estimated three million American seniors suffer from alcoholism or drug dependency. That number is estimated to triple by 2020 as baby boomers continue to age, according to the report.

Bob Hazlett, a manager for substance abuse programs at the state Department of Children and Families, told Tampa Bay Online that 14 percent of all hip fractures to adults 60 and older are attributed to mixing prescription drugs and alcohol.

Read the full Huffington Post story here

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