Document Type



Master of Arts


Family Life Education

Capstone Committee Member (Advisor 1)

Amy Lash Esau

Capstone Committee Member (Advisor 2)

Michael Walcheski

Capstone Committee Member (Advisor 3)

David Brusehoff


Family life education regarding this issue centers around prevention. Family members would be the closest to the older person in their lives and would most likely be the first to notice any changes in behavior. But yet, the problem of identifying drinking problems within one's own family, not knowing how to approach the senior family member with concerns or how to get services is very difficult. Not only is it difficult for family members to ascertain an alcohol problem, but it is equally difficult for clinicians to diagnose it. Therefore, the purpose of this program-based paper is to present information regarding senior alcoholism in a workshop which is designed for family members of seniors with suspected drinking problems. The workshop will help family members recognize alcoholism in the elderly, better understand alcoholism effects and assist the participants in developing a plan of confronting their loved ones and getting help.


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