Event Date: Nov 28, 2017

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Alcohol-related problems are an often unrecognized challenge in working with older adults. Even without increasing their alcohol consumption from their younger years, older adults can experience increased effects of alcohol due to age-related physiological changes and alcohol-drug interactions, and/or increased reliance on alcohol as a coping strategy with significant life changes. Stigma can elicit reactions of denial and defensiveness in older clients with traditional (and often confrontational) questions about alcohol use. The Senior Alcohol Misuse Indicator (SAMI) tool is a screening tool developed at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health that provides a gentle, non-confrontational approach to elicit information to determine if there are concerns related to alcohol use/misuse.  

  1. Understand the changes that occur with aging that necessitate a different approach to screening for alcohol use with older adults.
  2. Learn about a new screening tool developed at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health to help with alcohol-related discussion with older adults. 
This integrated KTE webinar event is brought to you by brainXchange in partnership with Behavioural Supports Ontario and St. Joseph's Health Centre Guelph.


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Dr. Bonnie Purcell, Ph.D., C. Psych.,
Behavioural Response Team, Geriatric Mental Health Program, London Health Sciences Centre

Bonnie Purcell graduated with her Ph. D. in Clinical Psychology at Queen’s University in 2013 and is a registered psychologist with the London-Middlesex BSO Mobile team and Geriatric Mental Health Program with London Health Sciences Centre. She developed the Senior Alcohol Misuse Indicator (SAMI) tool for her master’s thesis at the University of Toronto and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. She has been working in the field of alcohol-related problems among the senior population for over 10 years.