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Increase in Nursing Homes Relying on Drugs to Restrain Patients

Increase in Nursing Homes Relying on Drugs to Restrain Patients

In 1987, President Reagan signed a ban on the use of drugs in nursing homes that were prescribed to chemically restrain patients, unless the medications are needed for that patient or other residents’ safety. However, in September 2021, the New York Times has reported that antipsychotic drugs were frequently used on dementia patients in the 2000s, notwithstanding the almost doubled…

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074: Art Therapy and Dementia

074: Art Therapy and Dementia

Do you have a spouse or loved one who has dementia? Hearing them say “I love you” or share a memory is something that every caregiver hopes for. And in those rare instances, it truly gives a renewed sense of purpose in life. Unfortunately, often, after being diagnosed with dementia, patients are prescribed drugs that, in some cases, cause depression…

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073: Fading Memories

073: Fading Memories

Often, we see caregiving responsibilities fall to family members who are learning as they go. And for people with dementia, even more, challenges are presented. Meet Jennifer Fink, producer and host of Fading Memories Podcast, a show dedicated to helping Alzheimer’s caregivers navigate their journey. After experiencing the difficulties of being a caregiver for her mother, who had Alzheimer’s, Jennifer…

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038: COVID-19 + Elder Care: What You Need to Know

038: COVID-19 + Elder Care: What You Need to Know

It’s no secret that our most vulnerable population during this COVID-19 pandemic has been our seniors and older adults. They need extra protection and closer oversight because of the isolation they have been put in. The questions that remain include things like, “Who is there to make sure necessary care doesn’t fall through the cracks?” “How can I stay in…

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