Response to ‘My Father is in the last stage of dementia’ on AgingCare

I haven’t visited my favorite caregiving website as much as I used to. It’s still too painful. But this morning, I did.  And there was a question from someone whose father had dementia, and I found myself answering her question with more detail than I had anticipated.

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Important Safety Information and Indications for LATUDA – Please read

latudaI was doing some research a few minutes ago, and the attached graphic on the right and the text copied below came up on my screen.  Although my mother has now been gone for four months, I am horrified at the pills that are sometimes given to people with dementia. I am so grateful that my mother never took any medicines.  She may have been a bit forgetful, but she was a sweetheart.

Please read the text below.  Even if you are not a caregiver, you may know someone who is.  I haven’t changed a single word of the advert.  This medication is NOT to be given to the elderly!!

There are other, safer and more natural ways to manage depression, agitation, irritability, and dementia.

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