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Older Adults and Addictions in Ontario (2013)

There is unprecedented growth in the number and proportion of the elderly in Canada. In 2011, the census data showed 5 million older adults, which translates to 14.8% of the population. In 2036 there will likely be 9.8 million seniors, representing 24.5% of population.

As a result, many older adults are now accessing addiction treatment services in mainstream addiction agencies. This subpopulation with addictions and complex care needs often requires specialized services. But do service agencies have the capacity to meet the demand?

A new report — developed by the Addictions Subgroup of the Community of Practice for Mental Health, Addictions and Behavioural Issues — seeks to answer that question. EENet has developed a Research Report Round-up of the report, “Older Adults and Addictions in Ontario: Results from a Provincial Survey of Community Mental Health Agencies.” To read it click on the “download” button below.

Research Report Round-ups are brief summaries of research reports, presented in a user-friendly format.

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Categories: Addiction / Substance Use Problem , Aging Populations , Service Providers , Treatment, Supports, and Services

Source: Addictions Subgroup of the Community of Practice for Mental Health, Addictions and Behavioural Issues