The Alcohol and Aging Awareness Group (AAAG), a national and state award winning group, was founded in 2007 by the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to address the hidden epidemic of alcohol and medication misuse among older adults. The AAAG's vision is: Virginians aging successfully, safe from alcohol and medication misuse. The mission of the AAAG is to be the leader in providing education, training and resources on the use of alcohol and medication as adults age. Since its founding, the AAAG has supplied more than 200,000 pieces of educational resources and held numerous professional trainings on the topic of alcohol and medication misuse for older adults and their service providers.
The Hidden Epidemic: Alcohol, Medication and the Older Adult, September 22, 2011, Fairfax, Virginia.
Nationally recognized keynote speaker Kristen Lawton Barry, Ph.D., University of Michigan, presented along with Patricia Slattum, Pharm.D., Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University, Constance Coogle, Ph.D., Virginia Center on Aging, and Regina Whitsett, formerly of the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and past AAAG Chair. The conference focused on best practices for treating older adults with alcohol and medication misuse disorders. More than 200 professionals working with older adults as well as caregivers, family members and advocates attended the conference.
he conference was held at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, Virginia. Accommodations were made available at the Marriott Fairfax at Fair Oaks, 11787 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway, Fairfax, VA 22033, Phone: (800) 228-9290.
For convenience, power point presentations delivered at the Sept. 22, 2011 conference in Fairfax, Va. are available for download below:
Kristen Lawton Barry, Ph.D., University of Michigan (Keynote Speaker)
Patricia W. Slattum, Pharm.D., Ph.D., CGP, Virginia Commonwealth University (Afternoon session)
Constance Coogle, Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University, and Regina Whitsett, Virginia ABC and Chair, Alcohol and Aging Awareness Group (Afternoon session)
For more information about AAAG, please visit www.abc.virginia.gov/Education/olderadults/aging.html.
Phone: (804) 213-4593
For more information, please visit AAAG at the Virginia ABC website.
The AAAG meets on the fourth Tuesday of every other month from
2–4 p.m. at the Virginia Department of Aging (VDA), 1610 Forest Avenue, Suite 100, Richmond, Virginia. (Directions to VDA)