Treating Alcoholism in Older Americans

Programs Focusing on Elderly Sees Results

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Research increasingly suggests that treatment programs are most effective when they are tailored to the needs of different populations, such as women, men and the elderly. Corbis hide caption

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Each year, about as many elderly Americans are admitted to hospitals for alcohol-related problems as for heart attacks. Yet most people don't realize that alcoholism is a problem for many older adults.

The good news is treatment programs are getting results when they are set up specifically to help older adults. NPR's Joseph Shapiro visits the private Hanley-Hazelden Center in Florida, which offers a treatment program for older alcoholics.

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