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Online course

Falling Down: Problematic Substance Use in Later Life

Learn more about the issues faced by older people in relation to problematic substance use.

Falling Down: Problematic Substance Use in Later Life

Why join the course?

Older people face specific issues in relation to problematic substance use. Demography and a growing ageing population make understanding these ever more important. But older people’s problems tend to be more invisible, both in care services and in substance use services.

This online course brings these issues together from a health, social care, informal carer and public health point of view. It draws on international perspectives from experts in the UK, New Zealand, Australia and the USA, to compare and share knowledge, skills and best practice with the community.

What topics will you cover?

  • 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.

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • 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.

Who is the course for?

  • Professionals and support staff working in the area of problematic substance use.
  • Professionals and support staff working in ageing.
  • Older people, families and their community based networks who may be dealing with issues in their day to day lives.
  • Educators who wish to build their knowledge across disciplines and internationally.

Who will you learn with?

Carmel Clancy

My passion is addiction education as I believe it is a key element of any strategic response framework assisting and enabling individuals and communities caught up this public health challenge.

Trish Hafford-Letchfield

I am a Professor of Social Care at Middlesex University with an interest in the quality of care of older people from marginalised communities. I have a background in nursing and social work.

Anna Nelson

I am a social worker by trade, with 20 years of experience working in the addiction sector. I am currently with Matua Raki the national addiction workforce development centre here in New Zealand

Suzy Morrison

I have 20+ years of experience as a social worker & counsellor in the addiction sector. I'm now with the Matua Raki Addiction Workforce Development Centre in NZ.
Recovery from addiction is a reality.

Allan Trifonoff

Allan is the Deputy Director (Programs) at NCETA, Flinders University, South Australia. He has been at NCETA since 2008 and has worked as a researcher, policy adviser and project manager.

Katherine Reweti-Russell

Kia ora. I was born and raised in Whanganui and affiliate to the Awa and Ngati Raukawa. I have worked in the Maori health and educator sector for around 13 years and am now with Matua Raki

Who developed the course?

Founded in the 1960s, Middlesex University Business School is one of the largest Business Schools in the UK.

Addiction organisations and practitioners can utilise our evidence-based workforce development solutions and support to improve and develop welcoming, hopeful and effective services.

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  • Access to this course for 7 weeks
  • Includes any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes

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  • Includes any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes
  • Certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you're eligible
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