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RIC forum to discuss concerns of chemical dependency among elderly

On Monday, June 8, the Institute for Addiction Recovery, in collaboration with The Chemical Dependency/Addiction Studies Program at RIC, will present “The Elderly and Addiction Recovery: Beginning the Conversation.” The forum, taking place on the RIC campus, in Alger Hall, Room 110, will run from 9 a.m. to noon.

This presentation examines the characteristics of the elderly who have drinking and other drug issues, the obstacles to identifying substance abuse problems, and the treatment and recovery support needs of this critical and often overlooked population.

The forum’s speaker, Sylvia Mignon, is associate professor and director of the Master of Science in Human Services Program and interim associate dean for academic affairs for the College of Public and Community Service at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

Mignon has over 30 years of experience in the human services field in a number of settings. She has coauthored two recent texts, “Family Abuse: Consequences, Theories and Responses” (2002) and “Substance Use and Abuse: Exploring Alcohol and Drug Issues” (2009). Research on the issue of substance abuse and the elderly is highlighted in her most recent book.

The forum is free and open to the public; however, seating is limited. RSVP by Wednesday, June 3, to jgilbert@ric.edu or (401) 456-9809.