20 behavioural expressions for which antipsychotic medications are unwarranted and ineffective in people who live with dementia

Antipsychotic medications are meant to treat psychosis, not dementia. Allen Power explains: “What happens in the brain chemically–even when people are labeled …

10 barriers to reducing antipsychotics for dementia

As a result of my experiences as a care partner to someone living with dementia, I have become a vocal advocate for a behavioural/experiential approach to dementia care, which is embraced by a grow…

four years later is too late for my mom. but it's not for others.

On December a year after Mom had moved into a long-term care facility (LTCF), I sent an email to the person in legal control of my mother’s care, and the Director of Nursing of the LTCF.

10 ways to reframe "refused medication"

We often use pejorative words to describe that which we don’t like in others. We label behaviours that challenge us, don’t fit with our agenda, interfere with our routines or are inconvenient to us…

drugs, not dementia, robbed me of my mom and her of her mind

The inappropriate use of antipsychotic drugs had a devastating impact on my mom and me. She was chemically restrained with quetiapine (Seroquel), and risperidone (Risperdal) every day for the last …

my wild irish rose

Patrick’s Day was a special day for Mom, not just because she loved Irish music, but because she was named Patricia, partly in honour of St. This post is to honour her, he…

20 caregivers answer the antipsychotic question

20 caregivers answer the antipsychotic question

daughters, dementia and drugs: finding good on the road to forgiveness

daughters, dementia and drugs: finding good on the road to forgiveness

40 risperdal side effects

I advocate against the inappropriate use of antipsychotics in treating people who live with dementia because I have seen first hand the devastating impact these drugs may have. Sadly, many dementia…

look who's talking now

It’s been awhile since we’ve heard from Alzheimer Annie, whose misadventures in long-term care are based on real life situations I have witnessed or which have been recounted to me by o…

10 nursing humour memes that are tragically unfunny

10 nursing humour memes that are tragically unfunny

seeing the potential when someone tears a sink off the wall

“Philippe, we have a case like you’ve never seen before,” Philippe Voyer begins as he recounts a story to Quebec Health Minister Gaétan Barrette and hundreds of participants at Qu…

10 things that seemed like good ideas at the time

Lots of stuff we’re told is good for us actually isn’t. That’s why I trust my own experience, my own eyes and my own ears, and I take the advice of “experts” and adver…

30 haloperidol / haldol side effects

I advocate against the inappropriate use of antipsychotics in treating people who live with dementia because I have seen first hand the devastating impact these drugs can have. Sadly, many dementia…

teepa talks antipsychotics: 6 quotable quotes

When I read reporter Gillian Slade’s Medicine Hat News article on Teepa Snow’s perspective on antipsychotics, the quotes jumped out at me. It was the first time I’d “heard” Teepa speak …

"rabid-dog" granddaughter takes on "combative" physician

“rabid-dog” granddaughter takes on “combative” physician

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