Are seniors being over medicated?

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    Strong, antipsychotic drugs are being prescribed more often to senior citizens in U.S. nursing homes, setting off a debate about whether it's the right treatment for the elderly suffering from dementia.

    Daniel Levinson, inspector general for the Department of Health and Human Services, believes this increase - detailed in a recent study by his office - is a cause for alarm. "The report found that too often, elderly residents are prescribed antipsychotic drugs in ways that violate government standards for unnecessary drug use," he wrote in a commentary for CNN.com.


    Psychiatrist Daniel Carlat disagrees, saying the study Levinson cites is a "blizzard of statistics" that doesn't tell the entire story. "When these drugs are successful, they soothe the inner turmoil that makes life intolerable for these patients, improving their quality of life dramatically," Carlat wrote in his commentary for CNN.com.

    Are senior citizens being overmedicated? – The Chart - CNN.com Blogs
     
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    Only if they vote to end Medicare.
     
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    You two schmucks are certainly undermedicated.
     
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    We need government to take charge.... like in England, cuz it doesn't happen there! At least not recently.... not since May 2011.


     
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    100% yes.
     
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    The increase could also do with the fact baby boomer are developing dementia now. These people are healthier physically then he generation before, but still face the same behavior problems.
    We just got a new lady who is about 5'9" and in very good shape besides have Alzheimers. Second night she was there the woman high kicked me, and slapped me at the same time. We do stuff on her time now. Lol
     
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    Paul Ryan must be getting clues on seniors from the UK.
     
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    Ar you saying that all elderly people get Alzheimers?
     
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    spectrumc01 I give you....the TRUTH

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    There is one of two reasons for the meds...

    reason one...to keep them voting for Republicans even though they are getting screwed by them.

    OR

    reason two...to keep them from going to DC and killing the Republicans that are trying to tax their pensions.
     
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    Republicans will say it's their fault for getting old. Republicans just can't conceive that something happens outside of human control. It's why they debate helping victims of natural disaster and feel the people of Iraq are "ungrateful" or that gays caused Katrina.
     

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