Older Adults and Opioids – Webinar Series [Video Presentations]

This FREE webinar series co-hosted by the FLGEC and the Western New York Rural Area Health Education Center (WNY R-AHEC) will introduce participants to the evolving trends leading to the current opioid crisis in the United States and how the population of older adults are impacted.

An Overview of Addiction from a Medical Perspective

Presenter: Gregory Collins, DO, MPH, Commissioner of Public Health, Wyoming County, New York
Date: Tuesday January 28, 2020, 12:30pm—1:30pm

The presentation discusses the history of addiction, the current opioid crisis, the Why? we become addicted from a biologic, psychologic and social perspective and current options for treatment.


Wisdom Keepers and Opioid Use – Influence of Stigma, Shame, Loneliness

Presenter: Ednita M. Wright, PhD, LCSW, CASAC, Associate Professor, Department of Human Services, SUNY Onondaga Community College
Date: Wednesday February 26, 2020, 12:30pm—1:30pm

Participants will receive an overview of opioid use among Wisdom Keepers (Older Adults); reasons for abuse; the power of the use stigmatizing language, the reason that language matters; how loneliness and shame increase the use of opioids among Wisdom Keepers; and effective ways to reduce the stigma that Wisdom Keepers face which keep them from the support they need and deserve.

Videos included within the presentation:

Surgeon General – Social Connections

Think Cultural Health – Cultural and Religious Beliefs

Think Cultural Health – Pain Meds and Orthopaedics


Biopsychosocial Approach to Pain in Older Adults

Presenter: Paul Dougherty, DC, Adjunct Professor, New York Chiropractic College; Canandaigua VAMC
Date: Tuesday March 10, 2020, 12:30—1:30pm

This presentation will review the biopsychosocial model and how this approach is effective in addressing pain as well as the unique psychological and social comorbidities in an older population.


These projects are sponsored by the Finger Lakes Geriatric Education Center funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) under the Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program # U1QHP28738.  This information or content and conclusions are those of the authors/speakers and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, DHHS, or the U.S. Government.