Helping those over 65 make healthful choices and avoid alcohol misuse
Unsafe alcohol consumption puts older adults at particular risk for multiple health problems, accidents, and hazardous interactions with medications requiring increased services and health care costs. While a number of interventions have been shown to be effective in reducing at-risk drinking among older adults, the vast majority have been in-person interventions implemented by health professionals. The goal of this project is the development and test of an innovative, web-based alcohol misuse prevention intervention imbedded into a more general health promotion program for older adults that will provide a mechanism for broad dissemination of an efficacious and cost-effective intervention for Continuing Care Retirement Communities and other organizations that provide services to older adults. Upon development of the Aging Well program, it will tested in a randomized controlled trial. The ultimate goal of the project is to reduce at-risk drinking so that older adults can live more healthful and engaged lives.