In some long-term care homes, no residents over age 65 are being prescribed antipsychotic medications, while in others, up to two-thirds of the residents are being prescribed the drugs. The report notes that some of the variation across the province could be due to the fact that some homes specialize in treating people with severe mental illness or advanced dementia. But it is unlikely this factor alone explains the breadth of these differences.
Physicians in five countries agree: Those who diagnose and treat patients with Alzheimer’s disease need more – and better – tools to handle the job. Nearly half of those who took part in an international survey said that Alzheimer’s is often misdiagnosed, eating away at the window when early treatment could temporarily slow disease progression.
Dementia describes a clinical syndrome that encompasses difficulties in memory, language, and behaviour that leads to impairments in activities of daily living. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common subtype of dementia, followed by vascular dementia, mixed dementia, and dementia with Lewy bodies. Asthe global population is rapidly ages dementia has become a reater concern. Worldwide the illness places considerable burden on individuals, their families, health and social care systems.
There is still much to learn about the possible causes of dementia, including Alzheimer's disease - the most common form of dementia. Developing better and more accurate methods of diagnosis is an important research focus. Currently there is no single test that can accurately diagnose dementia. This website also has many helpful tools and resources.
Antipsychotic medications are used to treat a variety of different mental health conditions. They may be used to treat people with dementia when they have certain serious behaviours that are hard to manage with other strategies. As a member of the care team, you have an important role to play in helping the health care providers decide whether this treatment is a good choice for your family member or friend. This guide will help you learn more about how antipsychotic medications are used to help people with dementia.
This tool is designed to help providers understand, assess, and manage residents in LTC homes with behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (responsive behaviours), with a focus on antipsychotic medications. It was developed as part of Centre for Effective Practice’s Academic Detailing Service for LTC homes. This tool integrates best-practice evidence with clinical experience, and makes reference to relevant existing tools and services wherever possible.