Dementia and anti psychotic medications

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Jan 16 2017

Dementia and anti psychotic medications

Anti psychotic medications can have serious side affects for dementia patients. Research suggests that non-drug approaches should be considered first.

Jan 11, 2017 – McMaster University

Wanda Morris, the VP of Advocacy at CARP (a national advocacy group for Canadian seniors) recently wrote a guest column in the Toronto Sun about dementia and anti psychotic medications. In her column, Morris puts a spotlight on long-term care homes that are using anti psychotics for many patients living with dementia. The column presents statistics compiled by Health Quality Ontario showing that in 2015, an average of 27% of residents in long-term care homes were given anti psychotics even though they did not suffer from a psychosis. These types of drugs can have serious side effects, and research suggests that non-drug approaches should be considered first. Our Blog Post about ‘Three non-drug approaches for managing dementia behaviours’ was one of our most popular blogs of the year in 2016 and the most shared post on our Facebook page. Our research team understands that there’s strong interest in better understanding how to effectively support our loved ones living with dementia. Read our evidence-based resources on this topic below.

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Courtesy of, McMasters Aging Portal