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Good News, Bad News on Risky Medication Use in Nursing Homes

May 31, 2022

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Fewer people with dementia living in nursing homes for veterans now receive antipsychotic and anti-anxiety drugs that can raise their chances of falling or even dying, a study conducted by researchers at Michigan Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry and the Veteran’s Administration Ann Arbor Healthcare System. With the change in medication types to address dementia, nurses are now noting a behavioral change in treated veterans. Researchers suggest that nursing homes shift to non-medication-based methods that have proven even more effective in the symptoms of people with dementia. Lauren Gerlach, D.O., M.S., an assistant professor at Michigan Medicine, talks about the policies and alternative medications that can be just as dangerous as the ones that are coming soon.

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