Tag: seniors

‚ÄúSeniors‚ÄĚ Rant by Don Weitz

A rant¬†dedicated to all ‚Äúseniors‚ÄĚ in geriatric wards and nursing homes we‚Äôre sick¬†¬†¬†¬† we‚Äôre stuck¬†¬†¬†¬† we‚Äôre fucked we‚Äôre labelled¬†¬†¬†¬† we‚Äôre libelled ‚Äúdemented‚Ä̬†¬†¬†¬† ¬†‚Äúincompetent‚ÄĚ

Hospitalized and Heading Toward Homelessness

Upon my release I was dumped at a motel with no ID, no money or method of payment, and not even a cell phone to call friends or family for help. My belongings were still locked in a safe back at the hospital. Where are the real advocates for more low-income housing, and where the hell have they been for those who are incarcerated, whether it be in jails and prisons or mental facilities?

The Never-Ending Misuse of Antipsychotics in Nursing Homes

From Health Affairs: Although the problem of antipsychotic misuse in nursing homes has been raised to policymakers numerous times over the past six decades, the...

A Quiet Drug Problem Among the Elderly

From The New York Times: Use of benzodiazepines has risen among seniors despite their increased vulnerability to the drugs' adverse effects. "'Set aside the opioid issue,'...

For-Profit Medicine Incentivizes Overmedicating Our Elderly

From NBC: According to human rights investigators, anti-psychotic drugs are often administered to nursing home residents to address behavioral issues. Our nation's lack of funding...

The Other Big Drug Problem: Older People Taking Too Many Pills

From¬†The Washington Post: In addition to the opioid crisis, America has one other prescription drug epidemic¬†‚ÄĒ older Americans are taking far too many unnecessary...

The Drug Being Pushed on Nursing Home Residents

From Next Avenue: The drug Nuedexta has only been approved for patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). However, the maker of...

People Age Better if They Have a Purpose in Life

From TIME: Living purposefully may help people maintain their physical function and independence as they age. According to a new study, older adults with a...

Feminist Retirement Home in Paris Celebrates Aging

From Girl Talk HQ: A new feminist retirement home in Paris has been built to celebrate aging and counter the societal narrative that growing old is...

Deadly Drugs Misused in U.S. Nursing Facilities

From AARP: The family of Bobby Glenn Tweed recently settled a lawsuit with a nursing home over his wrongful death. Tweed was prescribed psychotropic drugs without...

Baycrest Creates First Canadian Brain Health Food Guide

From Medical Xpress: Baycrest scientists have developed the first Canadian Brain Health Food Guide, which provides older adults with guidelines and advice on maintaining a healthy...

Benzodiazepines Continue to be Prescribed Without Psychotherapy to Older Adults

Researchers call for shift toward proven alternatives like psychotherapy in face of continued evidence of safety risks of benzodiazepines.

Sharp Rise in Older Americans’ use of Multiple Psychiatric Drugs

From the New York Times: The number of U.S. older adults prescribed at least three psychiatric drugs more than doubled between 2004 and 2013, even...

New Medications Fail to Show Efficacy for Alzheimer’s Disease

Three phase III clinical trials assessing the efficacy of Lundbeck’s investigational drug idalopirdine for Alzheimer’s disease have failed

“Medicare Drug Program Fails to Monitor Prescribers, Putting Seniors and Disabled...

ProPublica and The Washington Post have performed an investigation revealing that Medicare has failed to monitor the safety of the large quantities of drugs...

‚ÄúThe Dangers of ‚ÄėPolypharmacy,‚Äô the Ever-Mounting Pile of Pills‚ÄĚ

In the New York Times, Paula Span discusses the risks of polypharmacy, the use of five or more drugs at the same time, which...

Seniors More Likely to Get Psych Meds, Less Likely to See...

Seniors are twice as likely to receive psychotropic prescriptions than younger adults but are much less likely to receive mental health care from psychiatrists or to receive psychotherapy, according to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. "Our findings suggest that psychotropic medication use is widespread among older adults in outpatient care, at a far higher rate than among younger patients," the study’s lead author Dr. Maust said in a press release. “In many cases, especially for milder depression and anxiety, the safer treatment for older adults who are already taking multiple medications for other conditions might be more therapy-oriented, but very few older adults receive this sort of care."