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Topic - Jason Karlawish
Day after day, Hazel Eng sat on her couch, a blank stare on her face. The powerful antipsychotics she was taking often cloaked her in sedation. And when they didn't, the 89-year-old lashed out at her nursing home's aides with such anger and frequency her daughter wondered if her mother would be better off dead.
Picture yourself in Barbara Lesher's shoes: 54 years old and fearing you are developing Alzheimer's disease.
Dr. Jason Karlawish, a fellow at the University of Pennsylvania's Institute on Aging, said he uses antipsychotics in only about 5 percent of his dementia patients.
When she was put on an antipsychotic, the symptoms subsided, Karlawish said.