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Geriatric Addictions Cross Training Workshop: Exploring Complexity in the Care of Older Adults with Substance Use Disorders

Waterloo, Ontario
September 22, 2015 

8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
665 King Street North

Geriatric Addictions treatment is different than other populations. This day long workshop will bring together addictions, mental health and the legal ethical considerations for care of older adults with  Substance Use Disorders.  
Workshop presenters

  • Marilyn White-Campbell, Geriatric Addictions project coordinator, CMHA Waterloo Wellington Specialized Geriatric Services
  • Dr Johnathan Bertram, Addictions medicine physician, CAMH/ Bowmanville Family Health Organization
  • Dr  Rosemary Meier,  Geriatric Psychiatrist
  • Laura  Watts, LLB, Elder Care Concepts
  • Ethicists TBA              

Learning objectives

  • To understand why addictions is different in older adults
  • To understand the medical consequences of  substance use disorders in older adults  including  alcohol, opiates benzodiazepines and the treatment options  using case based learning
  • To be able to make the connection between mental  illness and substance use disorders and to  explore concurrent  treatment.
  • To explore the legal and  ethical complexities of  capacity and decision making of substance induced cognitive impairment in  older adults with addictions

Who should attend

  • Addiction counsellors/addiction outreach workers
  • IGSW’s
  • SGS
  • Social  workers/ hospital & community
  • GEM nurses
  • NP
  • BSO
  • PRC’s
  • Care Coordinators
  • Capacity assessors
  • Long term care DOC, RN, RPN, Social workers and PSW’s

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