4.2 Risk Factors for Benzodiazepine Overuse among Older Adults

Risk Factors for Benzodiazepine Overuse among Older Adults

  • Older adults may be more likely to overuse benzodiazepines for one or more of the following reasons:
    • Chronic pain.

       

    • Chronic or terminal medical conditions.

       

    • Social changes (e.g., loss of a lifetime partner; retirement).

       

    • Physical limitations.

       

    • Poor accessibility to medical and mental health care.

       

    • Physiological changes.

       

    • Changes in identity (e.g., parent to grandparent).