Senior Health

Antipsychotic Drugs Over-Prescribed in Elderly

In May 2011, we told you about an eye-opening statistic that said that nearly one in seven elderly nursing home residents are given power antipsychotic drugs, even though the medicines are dangerous and most of the recipients don’t benefit from these medications. Now, a new article in The Daily News reports that the number may …

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iPad a Benefit to Nursing Home Residents

A fascinating article in the Montreal Gazette describes how people living in Health Central Park nursing home in Florida have had their brains, mobility, and social lives jump-started by a simple gadget: the iPad. The hope is that the iPad and other digital tablets could become a mainstream treatment device for people with Alzheimer’s disease …

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Reducing Nursing Home Resident Hospitalizations

A commentary in the latest issue of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) talks about the common problem facing nursing home residents:  Unnecessary hospitalizations due to untrained nurses or substandard medical protocol when an elderly resident becomes ill. According to the articles authors, Dr. Joseph G. Ouslander and Dr. Robert A. Berenson: More than …

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