The image above is of my mom heading back to her kitchen from her garden in summer 2010. She loved to be outside. She adored being on the go. She rarely sat still. In the early and mid “stages” of Alzheimer disease she walked for an hour every day. Then she went into a “care” facility, where she was labelled a “wanderer.” She was prescribed antipsychotic drugs to stop her from walking around, exploring her environment, and doing what came naturally to her. The drugs seriously impacted her quality of life. It wasn’t long before she was physically restrained by being confined to a wheel chair, in addition to being chemically restrained by the drugs. This tragedy is partly why I became a dementia care advocate.
Here are ten links I hope will make you think:
7 ) 20 behavioural expressions for which antipsychotic medications are unwarranted and ineffective in people who live with dementia
9 ) 10 ways to get to the bottom of behaviour and problematic situations in dementia care at home and in LTCFs
10 ) death by recliner
P.S. Dear everyone who uses pejorative and damaging labels to describe the behaviour of people who live with dementia, PLEASE STOP. Thank you.