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Substance Use Disorders in Late Life

Presenter(s): Roberto D. Sanchez, DO and Ali Abbas Asghar-Ali, MD


Target Audience: This activity is designed for Psychiatrists, Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses/Nurse Practitioners, Social Workers, Psychologists, Pharmacists, other mental health clinicians working within addiction. This activity is accredited for Physicians, Physician Assistants, Social Workers, Pharmacists, and Healthcare teams.


Credit Designations Available: AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, AAPA Category 1 CME, Social Work CE Credit, Pharmacy CE Credit, Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) Credit


Webinar Description: The number of older adults is projected to exceed 72.1 million people by 2030 and members of the baby boomer generation have the highest rates of early life substance use which increases likelihood of substance use in later life. With rates of SUDs growing in older individuals, this population is experiencing mood and anxiety disorders, sleep disorders, cognitive impairments, sleep disruption, hepatic complications, and greater physical disability as co-morbid symptoms of substance use and aging. This webinar aims to improve awareness of the occurrence and impact of SUD as well as teach geriatric SUD screening tools. Finally, the webinar will offer recommendations for pharmacologic and psychosocial treatments for SUD in older adults.


Educational Objectives:

  • Gain awareness of the occurrence and impact of substance use disorders (SUDs) in late-life.
  • Employ appropriate screening tools to identify SUD in late-life.
  • Identify how SUDs in late-life differ from SUDs in younger adults.
  • Adapt pharmacologic treatments for older adults with SUD.
  • Implement recommendations for psychosocial treatments for the treatment of SUD.
Certificate Instructions

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  1. Course Content: Complete the pre-reflection question and view the recorded presentation.

  2. Click Survey and answer the questions to the best of your ability.
    Upon completion of this survey, it will unlock and allow you to proceed to the final course evaluation. 

  3. Click Evaluation to complete the final PCSS course evaluation.

  4. Following your completion of the evaluation, you must select and claim CE or your preferred certificate type on the next page. Once claimed, a download button will appear in your transcript. If you do not see the download button or can not access your certificate, return to the course evaluation, and claim your preferred credit/certificate.

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Availability: On-Demand
Expires on Mar 10, 2026
Cost: FREE
Credit Offered:
1.5 CME Credits
1.5 PA-CME Credits
1.5 Other Professionals Credits
1.5 Social Work (ACE) Credits
1.5 Pharmacy Credits
1.5 IPCE Credits
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