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Welfare Reform on the Web (May 2010): Care of the elderly - overseas

Overuse of antipsychotic medication in elderly people with dementia? A view from general practice

H. van Marwijk and W. Spiegel

Mental Health in Family Medicine, vol. 6, 2009, p. 191-193

Antipsychotic drugs are used to treat behavioural and psychological symptoms in dementia (BPSD), including agitation, aggression, wandering, shouting, sleep disturbance, depression and psychosis. There is some evidence that these drugs have only a limited effect in treating BPSD, but can cause significant harm to patients. However, the evidence base is incomplete and further research is needed, including into the effectiveness of non-pharmacological methods of treating BPSD and alternative drug treatments.

Transformational government and improving services for older adults through the DIADEM assistive technology

S. Fernando and others

Transforming Government, vol. 4, 2010, p. 54-72

Transformational government in Europe is concerned with service improvement using ICT combined with organisational change, increased user participation, enhanced public policy making and cross-border involvement. However progress in transforming services for older people with age-related cognitive impairments has been limited. The inability of current web-based technologies to cater adequately for the specific cognitive impairments experienced by older people plays a major part in this. This paper presents results from a research project currently being undertaken in the UK, Norway and Italy which demonstrate that assistive web-based technologies can be developed to enable online service delivery to older people with cognitive impairments.

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