Meeting held to discuss care for dementia patients

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A meeting was held in Albuquerque Friday morning to address concerns over patients suffering from dementia. The meeting was held due to concerns about how they are being cared for.

Caregivers and those in the healthcare system at the meeting tried to figure out the best way to give these patients what they need.

“It’s the concept of interacting with patients with dementia not that they are waiting to die but that they’re still living…interacting with them where they are not trying to get people who have dementia into your realm you go into their realm,” State Ombudsman Presenter, Sondra Everhart said.

Some issues raised were reducing the use of antipsychotic medications, physical restraint free initiatives and changing the culture of caring for people with dementia. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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