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Are Your Elderly Parents Being Overmedicated?

One of the greatest ways we can give back to our parents as they age is protecting them. Inevitably they will experience health issues from dementia to cancer and we need to be educated to identify and manage these conditions.

For those that have an elderly parent with dementia in a nursing home, please read this NPR article on the why and how of overmedication with antipsychotic drugs-and then ask for the medication list.

Because there is very little oversight or regulation of this complex issue, it is incredibly important that the family and friends thoroughly examine their loved ones’ prescriptions and diagnoses. The National Institute of Mental Health can be an excellent resource to assist in this process.

If you need help navigating through a situation involving overmedication, we are able to help. Contact Miller Elder Law Firm at 352-379-1900.

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