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While researchers from around the world work to find new ways to treat Alzheimer’s and prevent the on-set of dementia, families and people affected by different stages of dementia must make good use of all available tools to address the cognitive and emotional symptoms of the condition. One important such tool is music.
The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) has projected that Canada will spend $211 billion on health this year, including $34.5 billion in drug expenditures alone. Deprescribing is the practice of stopping, reducing, or slowly withdrawing medications that are inappropriate, unsafe or ineffective. Pharmacists can play a key role in helping Canadians reduce the number of medications they are taking. In fact, an Ontario pharmacist has recently received government funding to develop and implement guidelines to assist prescribers with deprescribing medications. This issue of the Translator highlights the role of the pharmacist in deprescribing in an effort to both optimize the health of Canadian seniors and ensure the sustainability of the health care system:In Managing polypharmacy in a 77-year-old woman with multiple prescribers; Discontinuing benzodiazepine therapy: An interdisciplinary approach at a geriatric day hospital; n Deprescribing medication in very elderly patients with multimorbidity: the view of Dutch GPs; Incidence and economic burden of adverse drug reactions among elderly patients in Ontario emergency departments.