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Pledge to reduce antipsychotic use in dementia sufferers

December 07, 2015

"In contrast to Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia, the cognitive impairment associated with sepsis is likely at least partially preventable through better acute care of the sepsis episode and better rehabilitation efforts afterwards," Langa says.

"We need to start working early ?? from the beginning of the hospitalization ?? to make sure patients do not develop new disability. There are innovative new ways to care for people that might help prevent this disability," Iwashyna says.

The research was supported primarily by the National Institute on Aging and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

The researchers used  data from the NIA-supported Health and Retirement Study , a long-term study that collects information on the health, economic, and social factors influencing the health and well-being of a nationally representative sample Americans over age 50.

"This research makes clearer how acute medical problems in older adults may have an important lasting impact and contribute to a downward trajectory in both cognitive and physical function," says Richard Suzman, Ph.D., director of the NIA's Division of Behavioral and Social Research, which supports the HRS.

"The unique nature of the rich HRS dataset that links both survey data and Medicare administrative data made this innovative study possible and will also facilitate future studies of the long-term impact of critical illness on older adults and the family members that care for them."

The HRS, now in its 18th year, follows more than 22,000 people over the age of 50, collecting data every two years, from pre-retirement to advanced age.

The NIA leads the federal effort supporting and conducting research on aging and the medical, social and behavioral issues of older people.

SOURCE University of Michigan Health System