This news story caught my eye because I have become concerned about this very issue over the past six or seven years. In my way of thinking it is important to set up specific drug trials not just for Elders but for children and women too.
In 2003 my mother suffered a closed head injury, and as a result of her fall and the TBI she developed expressive aphasia.
Expressive aphasia is
The attending GP, a whining DO from a near by town, most likely interested in the Medicare reimbursement more than my mother's condition, whined to my brother after I talked with him, saying he did not like the questions I was asking.
The director of nursing threatened forced relocation if my mother was taken off any of the drugs. Since the bill went to Medicare I am sure reimbursement was more the concern than my mother's well being. And of course there is the issue of staff convenience.
Well, my mother died last summer. She won't be forced now to take any more drugs, but for six years which must have been agonizing for her, she was over drugged and could not communicate.
My little brother, who held POA, a player in the insurance/finance business, made absolutely no effort to see that my mother was taken to a nationally recognized neurologist in Naples. Nor would acknowledge my concerns over the drugs and her treatment. He failed to get her even the most clearly established care for the aphasia, but was concerned over the cost of the drugs.
He also failed to tell the care center that my mother had a daughter, and didn't make any effort to contact me about this incident until three months after it happened.
Read the complete areticle here - http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8487509.stm