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Coming out of the fog


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Here's a story about drugs that is far more uplifting than the general fare:




Coming out of the fog
Pam Frampton
Published on April 26, 2014

Last in a two-part series

“A kind of light spread out from her. And everything changed color. And the world opened out. And a day was good to awaken to.”
—  John Steinbeck, “East of Eden”


For the past eight years, Vicki Dyer has been the program director of the dementia ward at Lakewood, a continuing care centre in Waterville, Me., a pretty little city on the west bank of the Kennebec River.


Lakewood looks welcoming — a swath of green lawn and manicured grounds with trees and park benches and a rustic fountain like an old-fashioned, hand-cranked water pump.


Take the website’s pictorial tour and you’ll see a couple of cats luxuriously stretched out on windowsills or beds, and chickens scratching outside on a gravel run.


There’s a coop made to look like a little red barn, and on fine days the elderly residents can go outside to collect the eggs and hear the chickens clucking — an activity that often triggers fond memories of simpler times.


What you won’t find at Lakewood is dementia patients lolling listlessly in chairs, lost to the world in a psychotropic haze.


They just don’t give dementia patients anti-psychotic drugs at Lakewood.


“Not on my unit,” Dyer says.


More at above link...

I am not a medical professional and nothing I say is a medical opinion or meant to be medical advice, please seek a competent and trusted medical professional to consult for all medical decisions.


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