Older Drinkers at Risk

Henry Moore 1966 PA uid 1007177 

Elderly drinkers may be putting themselves at risk

The 71-year-old former community college teacher was struggling in her retirement. She missed her job. Divorced and living alone, with her children far away, she felt increasingly isolated and lonely.

As boredom and depression sunk in, she turned more and more to alcohol for solace.

But her drinking presented a whole new set of problems. The retired Chicago teacher stopped eating and lost weight, and she fell several times, injuring herself.

With the nation’s population graying, health professionals have grown increasingly concerned about the number of people 65 and older who drink unhealthy amounts of alcohol.

Full story at; Chicago Tribune


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