More and more members of the baby boomer generation are reaching retirement age each year – by 2029, all members of this generation will be 65 years and older. In fact, experts project the number of older adults will increase to 72.1 million by 2030*. With the number of older adults in the United States rising, the number of them who are addicted to drugs and alcohol is increasing as well.
In the past, drug use among younger generations has been higher than among older adults. However, this statistic is changing due to shifting demographics. Why is this increase occurring and what can we do to prevent it?