February 19, 2019

We are Killing our Seniors to Keep Them Calm

When my mother was first diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, she was still the easygoing, affable woman who had raised me. But over the next couple of years, her personality morphed into something altogether unrecognizable. She became vindictive, suspicious, reacted violently when frustrated (a frequent occurrence), and suffered from hallucinations. Consequently, her […]
February 19, 2019
Man’s Best Friend?

Man’s Best Friend?

I’ve faced a number of tough choices in my life, but taking away my mother’s dog was among the most difficult. My mother was always eccentric, but in 2011 her quirky charm began to dwindle away. What was originally diagnosed as mild cognitive impairment steadily progressed to Alzheimer’s dementia. My […]
February 19, 2019
‘First, Do No Harm’ Also Applies to Seniors With Dementia

‘First, Do No Harm’ Also Applies to Seniors With Dementia

Despite black box warnings of increased risk of mortality, physicians still prescribe antipsychotics in very large numbers. Balancing the medical tenet “First, do no harm” with the need to prevent self-inflicted harm by the patient is a challenge physicians are facing today.
February 15, 2019
Seniors who spent time with robotic companions decrease signs of anxiety, loneliness and depression

Feeling Down? Try a Robot

To improve their physiological, psychological and social well-being without resorting to dangerous pharmaceuticals, many nursing homes now include animal therapy in their care models. Interestingly, robot animals provide an adequate substitute for live animals because they are non-threatening, sanitary and spend equal time with patients.