Category Archives: Doctors

Being Mortal – Medicine and what Matters at the End

Anyone who has a loved one nearing the end should watch this video and read the book:
Being Mortal: Medicine and what Matters at The End by
Atul Gawande.

The following is an excerpt from the book:

Medical professionals concentrate on repair of the health, not sustenance of the soul. Yet- and this is the painful paradox- we have decided that they should be the ones who largely define how we live in our waning days. For more than half a century now, we have treated the trials of sickness, aging, and mortality as medical concerns. It’s been an experiment in social engineering, putting our fates in the hands of people valued more for their technical prowess than for their understanding of human needs.Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)

That experiment has failed. If safety and protection were all we sought in life, perhaps we could conclude differently. But because we seek a life of worth and purpose, and yet are routinely denied the conditions that might make it possible, there is no other way to see what modern society has done.

A video with Atul Gawande..

 

Antipsychotic Drugs – Dementia Part 1

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Guidelines for Antipsychotic Drugs in Dementia—Part 1

Published by Dr. Al Power, ChangingAging Contributor on January 5, 2015

This is a long article. If you would like to download it click here.

Recently, a friend who works in long-term care wrote to ask if I had any formal guidelines for prescribing antipsychotic drugs to people living with dementia. She and her colleagues are very supportive of the approaches I teach, but they are frustrated by medical professionals who simply write the order for one of these drugs without discussing the situation with staff, elders, or family members. She wondered what protocol(s) I felt should be followed.

Doctors & Drug Companies

Doctors

Get Ready to Learn About the Money Doctors Take From Drugmakers
By John Tozzi

You can download a Word document at the bottom of this article

The financial relationships between doctors and the makers of drugs and medical devices have long been hidden. That’s poised to change on Tuesday with the expected release of the first government data about how much medical companies have paid doctors.