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Dementia, Aged Care, Death, and Drugs

I wanted to share some words from a blog I follow, about a problem that is near and dear to my heart. All too often, persons with dementia are being given drugs to control their behavior, when so often non-pharmaceutical means are much more appropriate. I hope the author doesn’t mind if I re-post her contribution to this discussion.

There has been a lot of press recently in Australia about the overuse, and abuse of the use of antipsychotic drugs in aged and dementia care, and rather than reinvent the word-wheel, my blog today is to link you to a couple of articles.

 

Premature deaths linked to drugs in nursing homes

Up to 6,000 elderly people could be dying prematurely each year because of widespread over-prescription of powerful drugs to dementia patients in nursing homes.

Experts say anti-psychotic drugs can leave patients immobilised and unable to speak and are often used unnecessarily to keep dementia sufferers quiet for overworked staff.

But the drugs can increase the risk of death by 50 per cent, and family members are often left in the dark about their use… read more

 

In a system where drugs replace staff, no-one can hear you scream

I imagine if it was revealed that tens…

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