Panel discussion addresses senior citizens, alcoholism

The problem of alcoholism in senior citizens will be the subject of a panel discussion from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at the Enumclaw Community/Senior Center, 1350 Cole St.

Who should attend?

• Those who are concerned about a friend or family member• Medical or Health professionals who may interact with older adults• Legal Professionals who have to deal with the Alcohol Problem• Anyone who has an interest in the subject

This program will include a lively moderated panel discussion regarding addiction and alcoholism, personal recovery, and participation in 12 step programs. The audience will hear personal recovery stories, gain an understanding of how A.A. helps alcoholics recover, and learn how to recommend others how to become involved with A.A.

From Alcoholism is a progressive and lethal disease that affects up to 10 percent of people over the age of 60. It has typically been under estimated, under identified, under diagnosed, and under treated in our country and worldwide. Today, we are seeing an alarming increase in the numbers of seniors being recognized as alcoholic. This increase is in part attributable to our longer life expectancy, the aging of our population, and a greater recognition of alcoholism among our senior citizens.


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