Older adults are more likely to being alcoholic and/or use self-medication pills, psychotropic drugs and natural medicines to seek relief from their physical pain and loneliness or depression from being left alone.
Without the supervision of an expert, the development of this habit may involve a serious risk that they become alcoholics or addicts, or who suffer an intoxication resulting in death.
This problem is already happening in the country where there is approximately 70,000 seniors who live alone.
Although no one knows the numbers of addiction in this population, Fernando Morales, general director of the National Hospital of Geriatrics and Gerontology, said that consultations are perceived that more seniors develop addictive behaviors. This is because they feel sad for the loss of their partner or family and many feel “abandoned”.
The National Hospital of Geriatrics for example, attend to in one week at least 10 cases of adult intoxication with various substances such as alcohol or drugs.
These intoxications occur especially during the holiday seasons at Christmas, Father/Mother’s Day and vacation periods.
“According to several studies in the Reino Unido, women are more likely to fall into addiction in old age when they are widows,” says the geriatrician Morales.
In the world. Additions in older adults are not exclusive to Costa Rica. The fourteenth edition of “Geriatrics in their hands,” published this year the American Geriatrics Association, confirms that alcohol (all presentations) is the substance that causes addiction among people over 50 years in the world, followed by the use of benzodiazepines or psychotropic calls.
The psychotropics are chemical agents that affect the central nervous system, which results in temporary changes in perception, mood, consciousness and behavior.
It is estimated that 90% of over 65 commonly consumed drug, which could generate a dependency.