"We’ve already learned that nearly 20 percent of elderly women with advanced dementia are subjected to pointless, disturbing mammograms. We’ve also learned that nursing home patients frequently take antibiotics (and the wrong kinds, and for too long) for suspected urinary tract infections, in direct contradiction of medical guidelines. Frail, older diabetics are pushed to maintain very low blood sugar levels even though they’re unlikely to live long enough to benefit. All these treatments pose risks and can cause more harm than good when they’re used on the wrong people.(More...)
"Maybe we should institute an Older Americans Overtreatment of the Month award. Picking a winner might be a tough task, though."