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Older Adults, Behavioral Health and Smoking: It’s Never Too Late to Quit
Date: July 23, 2 – 3 p.m. ET
People with behavioral health conditions are two to three times more likely to use tobacco than the general population.This is largely due to targeted marketing by the tobacco industry and delays in screening and provision of cessation treatment by providers.
Currently, about 7.5 million Americans ages 65 and older are living with a mental illness and 4.5 million older adults use tobacco. Older adults are less likely to utilize existing smoking cessation programs despite research that indicates more successful quit attempts when they are engaged in cessation activities.
How can you better serve the older adult population who smokes?
Join the National Behavioral Health Network for Tobacco and Cancer Control and the Geriatric Technical Assistance Center for a webinar exploring the long-term benefits of tobacco cessation for older adults from a renowned panel of experts.
By the end of this webinar you will:
- Be able to address the unique challenges and health consequences of smoking for older adults.
- Gain the resources you need to talk to your patients about quitting.
- Understand the implications of smoking for older adult populations and special aging populations, such as veterans.
Presented by Chad D. Morris, Ph.D., Director, Behavioral Health and Wellness Program, and Associate Professor, University of Colorado Denver, Department of Psychiatry. Douglas W. Lane, Ph.D., ABPP and Chartered Psychologist (United Kingdom), Geriatrics and Extended Care Service, University of Washington, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, VA Puget Sound Healthcare System.