Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Covers drug and alcohol addiction among older adults, including prescription and other drugs and alcohol, used either alone or in combination. As tolerance to the effects of alcohol and other drugs decline, aging adults have higher risk factors. Addresses issues specific to aging, including late onset addiction, effects of use on performance of activities of daily living, treatment issues and co-occurring disorders such as depression or other chronic illnesses. A multicultural perspective is used, including the role of social class and gender issues. Audit available.  (For detailed information, see the Course Content and Outcome Guide ).


Distance Education: Web Course Information

CRN 42529

From the Instructor:
Aging and Addiction explores a continuum of appetitive engagement (with alcohol, other drugs, and/or gambling [agent]), as it impacts older adults [host], within various contexts [environment/ecologies]. The course is appropriate for anyone working directly or indirectly with this population--from aides, to counselors, to medical personnel. Many family members have also found the course useful.
Course Specific Requirements:
In addition to assigned text and audio/visual study, a partial sample of graded activities includes 1.) posting weekly discussion posts and responses; 2.) taking a midterm, a final, and several quizzes; 3.) attending a mutual-help meeting; 4.) interviewing a behavioral health provider--preferably working with older adults; 5.) interviewing three older adults about behavioral health experiences. 6.) completing a scheduled telephone conference with the instructor. Specifics will be provided in syllabus. Required texts: Miller, W. R., Forcehimes, A., & Zweben, A. (2011). Treating addiction: A guide for professionals. New York: Guilford Press. Heartily recommended, so you can follow a film you will view: Bennett, A. (2003). The complete talking heads. New York: Picador. The relevant piece is 'Bed Among the Lentils.' Required online articles will also be provided.
Web Technical Requirements:
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Students with Disabilities:
Students with disabilities should notify their instructor if accommodations are needed to take this class. For information about technologies that help people with disabilities in taking Web based distance learning classes please visit the Office for Students with Disabilities website.
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CRN Campus / Bldg / Rm Time Days Dates
42529 WEB » - 26-Sep-2016 thru 16-Dec-2016
Instructor: Austin M Gray
Tuition: credit Fees: $20.00
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