I have encountered many families and healthcare professionals over the years who question medication use for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Some want no medications – others can’t ask for enough!
My latest monthly column for Gannett Newspapers, “Consider quality of life when prescribing medications,” offers some advice for those faced with questions regarding medications for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Families and healthcare professionals question medication use for people with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, especially due to media coverage about the potential dangers of certain medications.
Caregiving is difficult for families and healthcare professionals. Medication should be considered when appropriate. We must weigh the benefits against the risks. But it is also important to consider the quality of life and comfort of an individual with dementia and what is in their best interest.