On Monday, January 30, 2017, I addressed Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology. I told part of my story. There’s much more to tell. But I was pleased when Senator Ogilvie, who chairs the committee, responded in a way that validated once again what I know to be the case about the use of antipsychotics in dementia care.
“One of the things we noted in our four-part study on over-medication in Canada is that it is widespread throughout the entire medical spectrum,” Senator Ogilvie said, “and it becomes pronounced in senior care and even more pronounced in the case of patients with dementia. It is a major, dramatic problem.”
The senator went on the say that seniors’ human rights are “hugely violated in many areas,” particularly with respect to over-medication. I also wanted to high-five Professor Linda Garcia of the University of Ottawa, who said of LTCF care workers: “The people who do want to do good, and who do get it, can’t.” She is so right. Blocked by old glass-half-empty mindsets, I suspect these potential innovators leave the profession out of frustration at the poor standard of care as well as their impotence to do anything to change it. Being a whistleblower or an advocate is a tough row to hoe as I have found out these last ten years.
I’ve extracted my bit of the Q & A, along with their comments in the video below. The full two-and-a half-hour session may be viewed here.
Listen to or read my poem for the senate.