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Expert Points to Problem of Drug Abuse Among the Elderly

Abstract

Although the elderly are not normally thought of as "drug abusers" misuse and abuse of legally prescribed drugs is a major problem among this segment of the population. Dr. Peter P. Lamy, pharmacist and noted expert on aging, warns in the May 1980 issue of American Pharmacy, publication of the American Pharmaceutical Association.

The May issue of American Pharmacy notes that America's population is growing older, and elderly people require more health care and pharmaceutical service. The impact of this "graying of America" on pharmacists and other health care professionalsis detailed in this publication.

The proportion of older people in our population rose from 4% in 1900 to 10% in 1977 and is expected to reach 17-20% by the year 2030," writes Dr. Robert N. Butler, director of the National Institute on Aging, another article included in this issue.

The fact tíiíu inpre peopIHijye More. ;yeaiís-ih ai| evé? Before a l-a- tjr&üí^ ;! natfönX meeíícal-amK hèûfit; café ;S|s¿-; fem-,-' Buíte| lays. '"Atäthe-same time- , vviïa i .has been cal led ' t t.iïf gray i ng of ; America'. presen ísi<fi fficuh'^ôdalM éçor*i ihôfmê. :and -healib care issues.

Some of those issues, involve-.- i-;. iùçVeasfd demand: Cor -and use of driigy products i higher degree! off fit» pi tal iiâ-:* ..liöU, 'linofe óeedfféi» nitriahg hf>frfes^il; ;lpfi|'-ierui':t:am fatalities; iiftd a ;propor-i ; Monate increásejiy health-car® ¿4^ñdi«i i-t-ures.

The message clear creased-attention on";the elderly, for ; ;í|ri|éi¿¿^-a» wM = sons." * \\ ; among

Focusing on the elderly, Dr. Peter Lamy-: :"!j|QiB|s»oiM'îih'âtieïdtâf |>aile%its; use- as-* tiiiay a|-çai,^|et,-H'fe. t sap Mf & k«|»| % simpfctfifctôtetoçef:, i ÍB^m:Mber:of dKugs íiííe:pldérpatienr;. ;

The fact; is- thíit: about 40?o of Ahe *' elderly need at least one driig a day to be : " far pursue- ,ihe àclMtft's ' of - da il y- * - 'rii'ving, ; ï&my. v^r|tç§; * * FJ-cíef ïy pécjpie'/ "probably; Suffer "ajrï average |oï 'onecióJ *st|ií^:.:eHr^£'|cÍi»ea5|Sí- aábé^és" amen-! í;

Lamy calls .TÔÉ í'ráaóéaJ-'drug ..use-'.' j and iíiIJs; m health jM:èfe|sï4rtâ&.Î to '; Z te'f# the xesponsibi lit y of ëns t iring tha ¿ ; j plïterlyi patients f6-enough ípí ,ifié ;ï ? ^ihèâê' potential for overuse... / l\ÍMthé-^ïoe»i^s!jê,;Ô|îésffxpepts-tíKíí

In the same issue a j. * i close ÎlôVjli" àt pâtient. -cimmunicatiçn' "Ijsiië -qdu^kms ôÉ-B&fihl fäfe proles- j. - ;«ÍQjia|si M; fserfé jhe. jgro^y rig i«ïdl^Jy j - population, nutrition fc»r the geriatric p^tieotj "ä'fif "bê|lf r-Sway-s 4ç> .fvbfk: w&>5 'fl|l|r:;Amer|c^|is^ l ** l Ä : ¿ ;. í. i

Aging Subcommittee Holds Hearings :oè}ecâ^mjmûmj r !r Cora versions .and -Effect'om EÖedy'! : -, !

After hearings on condominium Ker-h«arings ~ùû iôrMôm|niumcon-i , 5 ^eKsioAS 144: |hëir;^ffft:jt on ïKg|l|çrly-r' Congressman Edward ; à. Roybaí (D«California), : chairman of. the House ^Subcommittee on Housing and Com "djfraèr I ii teres is,' Select Committee on Aging,i said, -"It's: clear from the testimot|y that the ielderly are most affected by.mndortvmium conversions. It is also ¿Ifejr that ¿ builders and." th:e federal! government mn take steps to help ease the effect-on the elderly." *;.

Royal said that of ¿oybát said that of the 25 million elderly in thecountry, abo ut 17 % mus t rent apartments, meaning that thou: : d.s. are being affected by conversions inj tjiajor cities. "Thirty to fórly-Cive percent of those- displaced by conversions are elderly persons," he said. "The effect is that äs more and more buidings are converted from rental to condom m rums, the supply of rentals becomes ; more and' more scarce to the elderly."

Several recommendations were made "by witnesses on how builders could treat displaced - persons more humanely, including; offering lifetime, -rentals; "giving…

Although the elderly are not normally thought of as "drug abusers" misuse and abuse of legally prescribed drugs is a major problem among this segment of the population. Dr. Peter P. Lamy, pharmacist and noted expert on aging, warns in the May 1980 issue of American Pharmacy, publication of the American Pharmaceutical Association.

The May issue of American Pharmacy notes that America's population is growing older, and elderly people require more health care and pharmaceutical service. The impact of this "graying of America" on pharmacists and other health care professionalsis detailed in this publication.

The proportion of older people in our population rose from 4% in 1900 to 10% in 1977 and is expected to reach 17-20% by the year 2030," writes Dr. Robert N. Butler, director of the National Institute on Aging, another article included in this issue.

The fact tíiíu inpre peopIHijye More. ;yeaiís-ih ai| evé? Before a l-a- tjr&üí^ ;! natfönX meeíícal-amK hèûfit; café ;S|s¿-; fem-,-' Buíte| lays. '"Atäthe-same time- , vviïa i .has been cal led ' t t.iïf gray i ng of ; America'. presen ísi<fi fficuh'^ôdalM éçor*i ihôfmê. :and -healib care issues.

Some of those issues, involve-.- i-;. iùçVeasfd demand: Cor -and use of driigy products i higher degree! off fit» pi tal iiâ-:* ..liöU, 'linofe óeedfféi» nitriahg hf>frfes^il; ;lpfi|'-ierui':t:am fatalities; iiftd a ;propor-i ; Monate increásejiy health-car® ¿4^ñdi«i i-t-ures.

The message clear creased-attention on";the elderly, for ; ;í|ri|éi¿¿^-a» wM = sons." * \\ ; among

Focusing on the elderly, Dr. Peter Lamy-: :"!j|QiB|s»oiM'îih'âtieïdtâf |>aile%its; use- as-* tiiiay a|-çai,^|et,-H'fe. t sap Mf & k«|»| % simpfctfifctôtetoçef:, i ÍB^m:Mber:of dKugs íiííe:pldérpatienr;. ;

The fact; is- thíit: about 40?o of Ahe *' elderly need at least one driig a day to be : " far pursue- ,ihe àclMtft's ' of - da il y- * - 'rii'ving, ; ï&my. v^r|tç§; * * FJ-cíef ïy pécjpie'/ "probably; Suffer "ajrï average |oï 'onecióJ *st|ií^:.:eHr^£'|cÍi»ea5|Sí- aábé^és" amen-! í;

Lamy calls .TÔÉ í'ráaóéaJ-'drug ..use-'.' j and iíiIJs; m health jM:èfe|sï4rtâ&.Î to '; Z te'f# the xesponsibi lit y of ëns t iring tha ¿ ; j plïterlyi patients f6-enough ípí ,ifié ;ï ? ^ihèâê' potential for overuse... / l\ÍMthé-^ïoe»i^s!jê,;Ô|îésffxpepts-tíKíí

In the same issue a j. * i close ÎlôVjli" àt pâtient. -cimmunicatiçn' "Ijsiië -qdu^kms ôÉ-B&fihl fäfe proles- j. - ;«ÍQjia|si M; fserfé jhe. jgro^y rig i«ïdl^Jy j - population, nutrition fc»r the geriatric p^tieotj "ä'fif "bê|lf r-Sway-s 4ç> .fvbfk: w&>5 'fl|l|r:;Amer|c^|is^ l ** l Ä : ¿ ;. í. i

Aging Subcommittee Holds Hearings :oè}ecâ^mjmûmj r !r Cora versions .and -Effect'om EÖedy'! : -, !

After hearings on condominium Ker-h«arings ~ùû iôrMôm|niumcon-i , 5 ^eKsioAS 144: |hëir;^ffft:jt on ïKg|l|çrly-r' Congressman Edward ; à. Roybaí (D«California), : chairman of. the House ^Subcommittee on Housing and Com "djfraèr I ii teres is,' Select Committee on Aging,i said, -"It's: clear from the testimot|y that the ielderly are most affected by.mndortvmium conversions. It is also ¿Ifejr that ¿ builders and." th:e federal! government mn take steps to help ease the effect-on the elderly." *;.

Royal said that of ¿oybát said that of the 25 million elderly in thecountry, abo ut 17 % mus t rent apartments, meaning that thou: : d.s. are being affected by conversions inj tjiajor cities. "Thirty to fórly-Cive percent of those- displaced by conversions are elderly persons," he said. "The effect is that äs more and more buidings are converted from rental to condom m rums, the supply of rentals becomes ; more and' more scarce to the elderly."

Several recommendations were made "by witnesses on how builders could treat displaced - persons more humanely, including; offering lifetime, -rentals; "giving them the right to ptiriháse their apartment within a year; providing, a Iphg-term span of time to find"alternate bousing; paying moving costs plus" â . displacement fee; and paying the difference in rents between the old residence and the hew. '

The fact thai such measures can be taken is evidenced by the example of one builder, Guiseppe Cecchi, president of International Developers, Inc., who told about his experiences in converting the Parkfairfax in Fairfax, Virginia. In Parkfairfax, he said, "many special programs were offered specifically designed to meet the needs of the elderly," who had lived in the community for one to three decades.

Among the special programs were discounts up to $12,000 per unit for those over 70 and long-term leases to those who did not wish to purchase their units. In another venture, IDI cooperated with county government, which has agreed to purchase several units and rent them to the existing tenants who qualify for Section 8 housing subsidies.

10.3928/0098-9134-19800801-13

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