“Drugs intended to calm people with Alzheimer’s may lead to early death,” by Linda Searing, Washington Post
“A study published in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry found people with Alzheimer’s may die earlier when administered benzodiazepines, reports the Washington Post. . . . Those taking benzos were 41 percent more likely to have died than those who did not take these drugs, with the strongest mortality risk occurring within four months of starting the medication.”
LTC Comment (from Stephen A. Moses, President, Center for Long-Term Care Reform):
Excuse the dark humor, but this is one way to reduce the risk and cost of long-term care.