Dear Friend,

When you picture a DRUG ADDICT, is this the type of person that springs to mind?

If you’re like most folks, I think your answer would be “no, of course not.”

After all, the mainstream media bombards you with pictures of young people destroying their lives with drugs — and engaging in destructive, alcohol-fueled behavior.

What you do NOT see in the press is a very sad and little-known fact:

Millions of middle-aged and older Americans also suffer from substance abuse and addiction problems.

According to Gary Small, M.D., brain expert and director of the UCLA Longevity Center, senior substance abuse has developed into a silent and dangerous epidemic.

It shouldn’t really be surprising. Growing older brings many life changes and difficulties that make people turn to alcohol or drugs:

  • Failing health
  • Isolation and loneliness
  • Retirement
  • Loss of mobility
  • Death of a spouse
  • Financial concerns

And for some older Americans, aging merely worsens a substance abuse problem that already exists.

When it comes to prescription drugs, seniors are ripe targets for developing abuse or addiction issues.

After all . . .

People 65 and Older Are the Largest Group of
Prescription Drug Consumers

Older adults use 1 in every 4 prescription drugs sold in the U.S.

Huge numbers of seniors take prescription opioid pain medicines such as Vicodin, OxyContin, and Percocet. Plus, they are huge consumers of anti-anxiety drugs like Valium, Ativan, and Xanax.

Obviously, Big Pharma doesn’t want to publicize this fact. But you have a right to know.

About 10% of people in the 65-plus age group abuse prescription drugs. That’s millions of older Americans!

Dr. Small acknowledges this epidemic didn’t happen overnight. But research studies of elderly users of prescription pain drugs and sedatives show a significant rise in abuse rates since 2003.

One cause is a “silver tsunami” of aging baby boomers, who continue to escalate this hidden drug problem.

And prescription medications are not the only problem — or even the most common substance issue.

The Majority of Seniors With Addiction
Issues Abuse Alcohol

According to the government’s Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration, most aging individuals with substance issues abuse alcohol.

The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence reports that:

  • Older adults are hospitalized as often for alcoholic-related problems as for heart attacks.
  • Nearly half of nursing home residents have alcohol-related problems.
  • Widowers 75 and over have the highest rate of alcoholism in the United States.

Why do older people so frequently turn to alcohol?

Well, alcohol is more culturally accepted, readily available, and often cheaper to buy than drugs.

Unfortunately, age bias often makes these behaviors go unnoticed or ignored in older folks. “Grandma just needs a few cocktails to calm her nerves.”

You may wonder why nobody — other than Dr. Small — is exposing the truth about this worsening senior abuse and addiction problem.

Well, you can imagine why the drug and alcohol sales industries are not in any rush to publicize it. They’re in the business of making money — piles of money. And elderly alcoholics and drug addicts don’t make for good press.

In addition, there are other reasons.

Older adults often feel shame about substance abuse problem. So they hide it from friends, relatives, and even healthcare providers.

And adult children and friends of older abusers frequently ignore clues and sometimes deliberately ignore the problem. That’s because they may feel shame and embarrassment as well.

This combines to create under-recognition and undertreatment of substance abuse in older adults, which further taxes our nation’s broken healthcare system.

Perhaps worst of all, many people (including health professionals) believe alcohol and drug abuse in older people cannot be treated successfully, so they don’t even try to help.

Dr. Small has written about this crisis and wants to make the facts more widely available to the public.

In a moment, you’ll have the chance to pick up two Special Reports he created to educate the public about senior substance abuse. You can get them FREE with a special offer available only to readers of this letter.

With this information, you’ll be able to help yourself, your loved ones, and any friends who may suffer from this little-known but dangerous health issue.

But first, it’s crucial you realize something else that the multibillion-dollar drug industry doesn’t want emphasized.

Does Grandma Have Dementia — Or
Is She Just Overmedicated?

We are constantly told that diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s are on the rise among the older population. And they are. More than 3 million Americans are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s each year.

But in many of these cases, symptoms of dementia and substance abuse may be confused with each other . . .

As reported by PBS NewsHour, overmedicating seniors has become a major issue. “This is America’s other drug problem — polypharmacy,” said Dr. Maristela Garcia, director of the inpatient geriatric unit at UCLA Medical Center. “And the problem is huge.”

Polypharmacy is doctor lingo for the simultaneous use of multiple drugs by a single patient, for one or more conditions.

And besides raising the risk of adverse reactions from the combination of all these drugs, there’s more.

Medications used for conditions such as insomnia, anxiety, and pain can lead to confusion, memory lapses, and other symptoms that may mimic the symptoms of dementia.

Who knows how many seniors have been sent to assisted living or nursing homes when they are merely overmedicated?

Plus, in a vicious circle, symptoms of actual dementia may hide or mask a substance abuse or addiction problem that could be helped if recognized and treated.

This makes it vital to address these issues — and for your loved ones to receive the correct diagnosis.

Enter Dr. Gary Small.

Gary Small, M.D., is an expert in brain health and memory. He is a professor of psychiatry and aging, and the director of the UCLA Longevity Center.

His research, supported by the National Institutes of Health, has made headlines in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.

He lectures throughout the world, has authored over 400 scientific publications, and has written six books about memory, Alzheimer’s disease, and brain health.

To help even more people achieve optimal brain health, he also became the medical editor of Dr. Gary Small’s Mind Health Report. This monthly newsletter from Newsmax Health has over 60,000 readers in more than 150 countries.

Dr. Small Wants to Send You His Health Advisories on Senior Substance Abuse & Helping Your Loved One Beat Addiction

Because this information is so important to seniors, Newsmax Health has reserved for you copies of two of Dr. Small’s Special Reports. These Reports highlight the dangers of senior substance abuse and addiction — and what you can do to help.

We’ve made special arrangements to ship them out to you right away at no charge. We only ask you to cover a small $4.95 shipping charge to help defray costs.

In Senior Substance Abuse: A Silent Epidemic, you will see how older adults who abuse drugs or alcohol have shorter life expectancies and face greater risk for falls and other types of accidents.

Dr. Small explains how symptoms from chronic conditions such as diabetes, depression, and dementia may actually mask signs of substance abuse in older adults.

In addition, you will discover:

  • How to recognize when someone you love is at risk (9 signs of substance abuse — and when it’s time to seek help) . . .
  • The recommended healthy daily intake of alcohol for older men and women . . .
  • When medications for heart disease, high blood pressure, or other chronic conditions interact with alcohol or other substances, causing toxic effects . . .
  • Why you escalate your risk for abuse or addiction if you are overweight (Hint: many drugs are stored in fat tissue — and remain in the body longer) . . .
  • How to help someone with an addiction admit they have a problem (and 2 things you must know for a successful intervention) . . .
  • When inpatient hospitalization may be necessary for complete withdrawal and successful recovery from substance abuse . . .
  • The effect of marijuana on your brain’s emotional centers (critical info with today’s pot legalization and increasing use by seniors) . . .
  • What relatives and friends of substance abusers should do for their own personal well-being in the face of someone else’s drug or alcohol problem . . .
  • And much, much more.

And that’s not all. We’ll also send you a second Special Report at no charge with this offer.

In Helping a Loved One Understand and Beat Addiction, Dr. Small describes the physical and psychological effects of substance abuse — and the substantial impact addiction has on loved ones.

He will tell you exactly how to recognize a problem and help an addict or substance abuser get the help they need.

You’ll see:

  • 5 reasons why some people are more vulnerable to abuse and addiction . . .
  • A one-minute checklist to help you recognize whether someone close to you could be suffering from addiction . . .
  • 11 measures experts use for defining substance abuse (measured on a continuum from mild to severe) . . .
  • How addiction is truly a brain disease  . . .
  • Why alcohol and drug users are unable to feel pleasure without their mind-altering substance . . .
  • Do you or a loved one engage in “risky drinking?” See what experts say . . .
  • Good news: See how senior substances abusers are more likely to complete treatment and stay clean and sober than younger adults . . .
  • And much more.

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You Will Also Receive a FREE Bonus Book to Keep Your Brain in Tip-Top Shape

Along with your Special Reports exploring the dangers of senior substance abuse, Newsmax Health will also send you a bonus gift.

You’ll receive a FREE copy of 2 Weeks to a Younger Brain (a $19.95 value).

In his best-selling book, Dr. Gary Small makes you a BIG promise:

Give him just two weeks, and he’ll give you a younger, better brain!

With Dr. Small’s help, you’ll see how easy it is to boost your cognitive abilities — and stop or reverse brain aging. These techniques are so powerful, research shows that what you learn in just 14 days may keep your memory performing at peak efficiency for the next five to 10 years.

Based on his many years of research, Dr. Small offers a warning, one particularly crucial to baby boomers:

If You Are 40, 50, or Older, Brain Health
Should Be Your Number One Priority

That’s because UCLA studies now indicate that forgetfulness begins much earlier than your middle-aged years.

Scientific findings show that those as young as 20 already can have memory issues. And subtle brain changes associated with mental decline can be observed by age 40.

So, if you find yourself misplacing your keys or glasses . . .

If you find yourself forgetting someone’s name — or a word that’s “on the tip of your tongue” . . .

There’s no time to waste.

Memory slips, or “senior moments,” result from the wear and tear of aging on your brain. This comes from chronic inflammation and other chemical alterations that degrade your brain and nerve cells.

These mental lapses can be terrifying. You may wonder (and rightly so) if YOU could be on a downward spiral toward Alzheimer’s.

The good news is that while our brains do gradually age, you possess the ability to slow, stop, and often reverse the brain aging process.

Let Dr. Small Show You What Causes Brain Aging — Then Use His Simple Strategies to Beat It

Here are just a few of the potentially life-changing gems you’ll discover in 2 Weeks to a Younger Brain:

  • How listening to music can improve your mental abilities . . .
  • The little-known connection between sexual activity and growing new memory cells in the brain . . .
  • 2 simple techniques to help you remember names, faces, and where you put things such as your glasses or keys . . .
  • How sharpening your visual skills will help your memory . . .
  • The most common cause of forgetting things (it’s not what you think) . . .
  • The effects of depression, anxiety, and sleep problems on your memory and brain function . . .
  • What science says about multitasking and brain health (particularly important if you use your computer or other electronic devices throughout the day) . . .
  • Easy mental workouts for brain fitness and raising your IQ . . .
  • How those extra pounds you’ve gained can prematurely age your brain . . .
  • And much more.

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And Here’s Something Extra for You

Because your brain health is so crucial, you’ll also get a 3-month trial subscription to Dr. Gary Small’s Mind Health Report, the monthly newsletter from Newsmax Health.

Unfortunately, Dr. Small is so busy that he just doesn’t have the time to help everybody individually. That’s a major reason why he started Mind Health Report — to help more people across the United States and even worldwide.

Every month, Mind Health Report brings you unequaled access to Dr. Small and other leading brain experts.

You’ll discover how to power-pack your brain for happiness and success, sharpen your memory and thought processes, beat back depression, make better decisions, improve your relationships and family life, and gain other tips to protect your body’s most important organ.

You’ll enjoy topics such as:

  • Simple and fun brain exercises
  • Lifestyle tips to keep your mind alert and focused
  • Memory disorders and how to reverse them
  • Natural supplements that aid mental functioning
  • Nutritional advice for a happy brain
  • How to deal with stress, anxiety, and insomnia
  • Overcoming fatigue, depression, and other disorders
  • And much more

New research findings (explained in practical language) give you plenty of ways to boost your own brainpower, and ultimately your overall health.

You’ll find tips, tricks, and techniques to improve your mind’s capabilities simply, easily, and enjoyably.

In fact, Mind Health Report is absolutely jammed full of brain-enhancing information and strategies to help you enjoy the happy, healthy, and contented life you deserve — regardless of your age.

After all, nothing is more important than brain health, because your brain affects every part of your body and all of your emotions. And when you understand how your brain works, you can control it in ways that dramatically improve your life.

I’m sure you’ll love reading Mind Health Report every single month. And all your relationships in life will certainly benefit. But you are under no obligation to continue your subscription. Your satisfaction is guaranteed.

Plus, as a subscriber, you’ll have the entire archive of Mind Health Report at your fingertips — with 24-hour access to all past issues (over 80 issues and counting). Here are a few of the newsletters you can peruse at your leisure any time, day or night:

  • Using Brain Power to Fight Pain
  • Do You Really Need an Antidepressant?
  • 7 Secrets for Dealing With Your In-Laws
  • Strengthen Your Brain Through the Power of Prayer
  • Loosen the Grip of Alzheimer’s on Your Loved Ones
  • The Science of a Successful Marriage
  • Driven to Distraction: Do You Have Adult ADHD?
  • Hearing Loss Ruins Mood and Memory

And that’s just a sample. You’ll find dozens more.

Unfortunately, aging is the single greatest risk factor for developing memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease. So if you are 50 or over, it’s time to take your brain health seriously.

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We have a responsibility to our older population — women and men already vulnerable in so many ways. I truly hope you’ve benefited from what you’ve learned today about this critical health issue.

You’ve seen how addiction in the older population is a brain disease. How seniors who become victims of drug or alcohol abuse die sooner, face greater risk of falls or other accidents, and make up a disproportionately high percentage of nursing home residents.

Let’s not compound the problem by pretending it isn’t real. In whatever manner you can, I urge you to support older Americans, so they may live out their lives in dignity and with the best health possible.

My best wishes for all our older citizens,

Nancy Reynolds
For Newsmax Health

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