This information sheet describes the risk of dependency on benzodiazepines, associated withdrawal symptoms, and effective interventions to manage withdrawal symptoms in seniors. 

This publication is intended to help health care providers to anticipate patient needs so that the right care can be provided at the right time.  

Read this primer to learn about: how to prepare for Advance Care Planning (ACP) conversations with patients and Substitute Decision-Makers (SDMs) and practical information on: consent, capacity and decision-making, how to determine who the automatic SDM is for a patient and finally how to prepare SDMs for decision making about healthcare in the future.

Long-term care homes must work within current regulations and legislation to meet the needs of people with dementia and their families.  There is an urgent need to change the culture of care – shifting from an institutional model to a relationship-based approach – and to focus on the needs of people with dementia and their families through a person-centred approach. This approach is beneficial for all people, especially those with dementia, regardless of the stage of the disease or where they live, and is based on the values of dignity and respect, information sharing, participation and collaboration.

This article outlines common elements of effective clinical approaches to addressing personality disorders in older adults.

This article provides an overview of these often undiagnosed and untreated disorders including the impact to quality of life; challenges to diagnosis related to later life differences in presentation; pharmacological treatment and psychotherapeutic interventions.

This information sheet provides an overview of using harm reduction management strategies for alcohol abuse problems in older adults.

This fact sheet covers screening and identification, diagnosis and management strategies of alcohol misuse and dependence in older adults.

The authors state that while specific assessment techniques and treatments for patients with both PTSD and NCD diagnosis have not been established yet, evidence suggests that existing assessment measures and evidence-based treatments for PTSD are appropriate for patients with mild NCD.  Assessment considerations and a variety of treament options including pharmacotherapy are explored.

The author outlines treatment approach considerations in terms of short-term and long-term objectives of treatment.  

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