From the Headlines

Center for Medicare Advocacy Calls Overuse of Antipsychotics “Elder Abuse”

The Center for Medicare Advocacy (CMA) has issued an excellent alert decrying and analyzing the continued overuse of antipsychotics in nursing homes.  As of 2016, over 270,000 nursing home residents are still being drugged with antipsychotics, despite over ten years … Continue reading

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CANHR Submits 29 Page Letter to CMS About Misuse of Antipsychotics

As part of its comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) first major overhaul of federal nursing home regulations in 25 years, CANHR has submitted a letter extensively reviewing the state of dementia care in nursing homes … Continue reading

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Al Jazeera’s America Tonight Highlights Antipsychotic Problems

On March 11, Al Jazeera’s America Tonight program ran a story on the misuse of antipsychotics to restrain people with dementia. The story focused on two people with dementia who were chemically restrained while receiving long-term care with very little … Continue reading

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New Dementia Care Symposium Announced – Napa, CA, March 13

On March 13, 2015, CANHR will co-host its 12th Dementia Care Symposium in Napa. The event will feature Dr. Jonathan Evans, former President of the American Medical Directors Association, and Tena Alonzo, co-director of palliative care for advanced dementia at … Continue reading

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NPR Hits on Antipsychotics in Nursing Homes

In a three-part series, NPR recently took on the persistent problem of antipsychotics in nursing homes.  Part 1 reviewed some very bad cases of antipsychotic misuse in California nursing homes.  Part 2 criticized the federal government’s effort to enforce nursing … Continue reading

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Dementia Care California: Sustaining Momentum and Success

On February 23 (Sacramento) and February 25 (Pasadena), the California Partnership to End Unneccesary Antipsychotic Use and Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes, through the California Culture Change Coalition, is hosting two dementia care training events.  Click here for more … Continue reading

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KCET’s “Overmedicated and Misinformed” Explores Psych Drug Misuse and Movement for Better Care

On October 1, KCET Los Angeles aired an eight minute segment on the misuse of psychotropic drugs in nursing homes. CANHR Advocate Mike Connors is featured and explains that drug misuse is elder abuse but has not been treated as … Continue reading

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FREE Webinar: Informed Consent for Prescribers – Sept. 25

The Calif. Medical Ass’n and the Calif. Ass’n of Long-Term Care Medicine is co-sponsoring a free webinar for physicians about informed consent requirements for psychotropic medications in hospitals and nursing homes. The webinar will take place on Sept. 25 from … Continue reading

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Incredible Dementia Care Training in L.A. August 29

CANHR is pleased to co-sponsor its next full-day dementia care training – this time in Los Angeles on August 29. The event will be led by Tena Alonzo, the fantastic comfort care teacher from the Beatitudes Campus in Phoenix, AZ. … Continue reading

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“Comfort as the New Medicine” Comes to San Diego on July 24

CANHR is pleased to co-sponsor a full-day dementia care training in San Diego on July 24. The event will be led by Tena Alonzo, the fantastic comfort care teacher from the Beatitudes Campus in Phoenix, AZ, and Martha Ranon from … Continue reading

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