Certificate of Achievement

Mary Templeman Hogg - O'Rourke

has completed the following course:

Falling Down: Problematic Substance Use in Later Life

Middlesex University Business School and Matua Raki

An international perspective led by experts from the UK, New Zealand and Australia on problematic substance use in later life was explored including historical perspectives, recognition, screening, assessment, barriers and challenges for intervention.

5 weeks, 5 hours per week

Carmel Clancy

Professor of Mental Health and Addiction

Middlesex University

Trish Hafford-Letchfield

Professor of Social Care

Middlesex University


Learning outcomes

  • Describe the problems and issues that older people face in relation to problematic substance use including alcohol, drugs, polypharmacy and the specific risks and circumstances associated with ageing and health in later life.
  • Identify the key professionals and the sources of support needed by older people impacted by problematic substance use.
  • Reflect on expertise and experiences shared to identify own strengths, areas of knowledge and skills needed to support older people and their families.
  • Explore best practice and future developments for addressing these issues within a public health and community context.


  • Introduction to the issues concerning problematic substance use for older people, context, causes, recognition.
  • Comparison and sharing of knowledge, skills and expertise across different disciplines as well as internationally.
  • Identifying interventions and best practices to tackle the issues and promote health and wellbeing in ageing populations.
  • Developing a community of practice and networking on the issues.

Issued on 17th January 2022

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Free online course:

Falling Down: Problematic Substance Use in Later Life

Middlesex University Business School