A recent article in The New York Times documents the dangerous increase in prescription medications being given to persons diagnosed with dementia. Not only are anti-psychotic drugs overused and misused, but elderly patients aren't tested properly to determine the true causes of their problems (for example, simple dehydration or hypothyroidism could be contributing to dementia symptoms).

Also, there can be other ways, based on the individuals and their backgrounds and interests, for calming agitation in people with dementia. If this is a concern for you or someone you love, read this article and talk to your doctor.