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Alcohol and Aging Awareness Group (AAAG) Marks Healthy Aging Month with Call for Awareness of Alcohol Misuse Among Older Adults

September 17, 2014

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Valerie Hubbard - (804) 204-2327
Email: pubrel@abc.virginia.gov

Alcohol and Aging Awareness Group (AAAG) Marks Healthy Aging Month with Call for Awareness of Alcohol Misuse Among Older Adults

  • Virginia ABC supports healthy aging through the Alcohol and Aging Awareness Group (AAAG).
  • By 2030, older Virginians will comprise about one of every four people in the commonwealth.

September is Healthy Aging Month, and the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) is proud to facilitate the Alcohol and Aging Awareness Group (AAAG), which has been promoting a healthy lifestyle for older Virginians since its formation in 2007.

In recognition of Healthy Aging Month, AAAG encourages all Virginians to be aware of these facts:

  • An older adult will show higher blood alcohol levels than a younger adult after consuming the same amount of alcohol because of the physical changes that occur with aging.
  • Common over-the-counter and prescription medicines can have serious adverse effects when mixed with alcohol. Older adults are encouraged to keep a medication list and discuss prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines, supplements and alcohol use with their doctor or pharmacist.
  • Some of the signs and symptoms of alcohol misuse in older adults mirror the signs of aging and depression. These include, but are not limited to: frequent and unexplained injuries, neglect of personal hygiene, mood swings, change in sleep patterns and eating habits, confusion or forgetfulness and isolation from family and friends.
  • If you know an older adult who may need help with alcohol misuse, encourage them to seek help through a primary care physician, an alcoholism treatment center, their clergy, counselor or Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).

As baby boomers age, the number of older adults in Virginia is growing rapidly, and the need for mental health and substance abuse services for this population is expected to double over the next 25 years. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that 1.1 million Virginians are ages 65 and older. It’s projected that by 2030 older Virginians will comprise almost one of every four people in the commonwealth, according to a study by Virginia’s Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission.

AAAG is a state-level coalition of public and private organizations that provides training sessions, speakers and resources to older adults and their service providers on the subject of alcohol misuse. AAAG participants also educate older Virginians about the dangers of mixing alcohol with medications.

In addition to Virginia ABC, AAAG partners include: Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, Virginia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services, Virginia Center on Aging at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Center for Gerontology at Virginia Tech, Inova Fairfax Hospital, VCU School of Pharmacy, Virginia Association of Area Agencies on Aging, Virginia TRIAD, Virginia Beer Wholesalers Association, Carilion Clinic and many others.

More information on other alcohol and aging topics can be found online at https://www.abc.virginia.gov/education/programs/aaag.

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The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) is a major source of revenue for the commonwealth, contributing more than $1.8 billion to the general fund in the last five years. The agency currently operates 350 state stores. Its Bureau of Law Enforcement oversees more than 16,000 ABC licensed establishments while the Hearings and Appeals Division considers more than 700 cases each year. The agency also provides alcohol education and prevention programs for people of all ages. Now celebrating its 80th anniversary, ABC remains committed to progress and innovation in carrying out its control, service and revenue mission.

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  • Alcohol and Aging Awareness Group (AAAG) Marks Healthy Aging Month with Call for Awareness of Alcohol Misuse Among Older Adults