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Addiction Has No Age Limit: Supporting Aging Adults with Substance Use Concerns

This webinar will cover the most common substance use disorders seen in older adults and the proper medical nutrition therapy for each subset of this population.

Member Price $24.00

Nonmember Price $54.00


Date: March 14
Time: 2 - 3 p.m. (Central time)

Substance use is not reserved for only younger generations, as the baby boomer generation ages, the prevalence of substance use disorders is increasing. The most common substances used in adults over the age of 65 include alcohol and prescription medications such as opioids and marijuana. Aging individuals are already at a higher risk of health complications related to nutrition and when substance use is a factor, the risk for nutrient deficiencies and malnourishment increases. Registered Dietitians can not only play a significant role in supporting the nutrition status of individuals with an active substance use disorder diagnosis. They can also make a significant contribution to an individual's recovery from substance use disorder.

CPE Level: 1

Performance Indicators:

  • 8.1.1 Uses evidence-based literature and standards to determine nutritional needs of target audiences.
  • 10.2.7 Gathers and evaluates information related to behaviors, beliefs, knowledge, and client/patient attitudes that influence nutrition and health
  • 10.2.9 Gathers information that affects intake, nutrition and health status (e.g., cultural, ethnic, religious, lifestyle influencers

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the most common risk factors for substance misuse in individuals over the age of 50
  • Define harm reduction and how this model can be applied to medical nutrition therapy in this population
  • List three accessible nutrition interventions


Sydney Greene MS, RDN

Sydney works with individuals who are looking to feel good again - mind, body & soul. Optimal nourishment is paramount for recovery from substance use, anxiety, depression and disordered eating. Through an integrative, holistic approach Sydney focuses on the individual, creating a custom plan that works uniquely for them.

Sydney received both her undergraduate degree in nutrition and dietetics as well as her graduate degree in clinical nutrition from New York University. Before starting Greene Health, Sydney worked as a dietitian at one of the top private nutrition practices in New York City and developed the nutrition curriculum at a private, drug and alcohol rehab in Brooklyn NY.

Sydney's food philosophy is, she does not have one. Healing and thriving is a unique experience everyone has their own way of getting there. Sydney will meet you where you are and hold your hand as you move toward where you want to be.

Release Date: March 14, 2024


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