The dangers of alcohol and medication interactions—and Virginia’s Aging and Alcohol Awareness Group’s (AAAG) efforts to address these risks—will be discussed during a symposium presentation at the 2014 Gerontological Society of America (GSA) annual scientific meeting this fall in Washington, D.C.
The symposium, “Aging, Alcohol, and Medication: Promoting Safety,” will be held on Nov. 6 at the Washington Marriott Marquis Hotel. AAAG members Drs. Faika Zanjani from the University of Maryland, Nancy Brossoie from Virginia Tech and Patricia Slattum from Virginia Commonwealth University will present their research. Immediate past chair of the AAAG, Dr. Constance Coogle of Virginia Commonwealth University will discuss how their research will be incorporated into the work of the AAAG.
”At least 25 percent of older adults not living in fulltime care facilities are at risk for alcohol-drug interactions,” said Coogle. “Studies have shown that almost 20 percent of those taking alcohol-interacting drugs reported consuming alcohol.” Research into problems associated with alcohol use in late life conducted by AAAG members will inform the AAAG’s initiatives to educate Virginia’s aging population about the effects of these risky behaviors.
The Gerontological Society of America is the oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education and practice in the field of aging. Its mission is to advance the study of aging and disseminate information among scientists, decision makers and the general public. AAAG is a collaboration of Virginia state agencies, private businesses and non-profit organizations providing education, training and resources on the use of alcohol and medications as adults age. It was created in 2007 by the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) in response to a gubernatorial initiative to address the impact of alcohol on the aging. Membership is open to individuals and organizations, and there are no dues for membership. The AAAG seeks to expand membership across Virginia. Those interested in learning more about the organization should contact ABC’s Education and Prevention Coordinator Jennifer Farinholt at (804) 213-4452 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Gerontological Society of America’s Annual Scientific Meeting to Include Discussion of Virginia’s Alcohol and Aging Awareness Group