By JAMA Internal Medicine; August 21, 2023
To examine changes in medication use following an incident dementia diagnosis among community-dwelling older adults.
Over 5 million US individuals have been diagnosed with Alzheimer disease or related dementias, with hundreds of thousands of patients newly diagnosed annually.1 Dementia is a life-changing diagnosis that may alter older adults’ ability to manage medications and engage in medical treatment decisions. The majority of older adults with dementia also face multiple other chronic conditions,2 and worsening cognitive impairment may alter the risk-benefit balance of medications taken for these conditions.
Anderson TSAyanian JZ Curto VE, et al. Changes in the Use of Long-Term Medications Following Incident Dementia Diagnosis. JAMA Intern Med. Published online August 21, 2023. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2023.3575