What are we doing with dementia patients?

Financial Services Sydney: Aged Care for Dementia Patients

This breaking news from the ABC today is shocking news for those with family members in care for Dementia & Alzheimer’s Diseases.

Steve Cananne writes:

A new study produced by Alzheimer’s Australia suggests up to 80 per cent of dementia patients in aged care facilities are being treated with psychotropic drugs.

The report, to be released today, suggests only one in five dementia patients receive any benefit from taking such medication.

Alzheimer’s Australia says the use of drugs in nursing homes is excessive and it has called for reform of the sector.

Lateline previously revealed that up to 6,000 elderly Australians could be dying prematurely each year because of the misuse of psychotropic drugs in aged care facilities.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-03-26/alzheimers-psychotropic-drugs/5345322