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Challenges to treating the elderly Latino substance abuser: A not so hidden research agenda.

Author: Kail, Barbara Lynn; DeLaRosa, Mario
Author Background:
Date 1/1/98
Type Journal
Journal Title: Journal-of-Gerontological-Social-Work
Volume/Pages Vol 30(1-2): 123-14
Subject Matter Latino
Abstract The 21st-century brings many challenges to the practitioner who wishes to address substance abuse among Latinos over the age of 60 in a culturally competent manner. This paper seeks to address these issues by (1) synthesizing the limited data available on the use and misuse of alcohol and other psychoactive drugs among Latino elderly living in the US, including incidence, prevalence, patterns of use, etiology, and consequences; (2) addressing the difficulties in identifying and assessing substance abuse among this population; (3) suggesting ways in which treatment might be made more culturally sensitive; (4) addressing service delivery issues, including the unique barriers Latino elders are likely to encounter and the impact of managed care; and (5) advocating for increased resources for research and training to ameliorate the tremendous gaps in our knowledge base. It is suggested that the 1 theme that runs throughout the article is the need for more systematically gathered information if the upcoming challenges are to be met. ((c) 1999 APA/PsycINFO, all rights reserved)