New Approach With Elderly Addicts at Nursing Home

November 30, 2014 6:15 PM

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New Approach With Elderly Addicts at Nursing Home

A surge in baby boomers has driven up the number of elderly people abusing drugs or alcohol, bringing more attention to the sometimes-delicate problems involved in treating addiction in the aging.

Last summer, the Jewish Home Lifecare nursing home in the Bronx set out to address those issues. Patients 60 and older who come in for rehab after a hospital stay are also screened for addiction and offered a chance at recovery.

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