Old And Overmedicated: The Real Drug Problem In Nursing Homes
It’s one of the worst fears we have for our parents or for ourselves: that we, or they, will end up in a nursing home, drugged into a stupor. And that fear is not entirely unreasonable. Almost 300,000 nursing home residents are currently receiving antipsychotic drugs, usually to suppress the anxiety or aggression that can go with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia.
NPR story on over-medicating of nursing home residents broadcast Monday 12-8-14, click here to watch. Part 2 to come.
David Wingate is an elder law attorney, and practices in Frederick and Montgomery Counties, Maryland. The elder law firm concentrates on Medicaid, Asset Protection and Estate Planning – Wills, Trusts and Powers of Attorneys.