Statement from the American Adoption Congress

The American Adoption Congress believes that birth/first mother scamming is an intentionally planned criminal fraud that destroys the dreams of prospective adoptive parents who have anxiously waited for an opportunity to grow their family. Every attempt should be made to identify and prosecute the parties involved in this type of fraud.
Adoption is a life-long event for all involved. Beware of agencies and law firms who play upon your emotions and promise a speedy process. Give your family the best chance for a healthy future by selecting only a reputable adoption agency which can guide you through all phases of the process and help you to properly select a reputable birth/first mother and prepare you for welcoming an infant into your home.

Adoption scams are not the norm but careful selection of a professional adoption agency that puts the welfare of the infant above all else gives the best possible foundation for you and your growing family.

Your Parent Has Dementia: What to Talk to Their Doctor About

Make sure all their doctors are aware of all the medications she is taking.

Q: My mom is 94 and has dementia. She is taking a whole medicine cabinet-full of medications and I think they actually make her fuzzier. How should I talk to her various doctors about what she is taking and if she can get off some of the meds? — Gary R., Denver, Colorado

A: Many dementia patients are taking what docs call a "polypharmacy" — three or more medications that affect their central nervous system. And we really don't know how that mixture truly affects each individual person.

A new study in JAMA Network that looked at more than 1 million Medicare patients found almost 14% of them were taking a potentially harmful mix of antidepressants, antipsychotics, antiepileptics, benzodiazepines such as Valium and Ativan, nonbenzodiazepine benzodiazepine receptor agonist hypnotics such as Ambien or Sonata, and opioids. And almost a third of those folks were taking five or more such medications. The most common medication combination included an antidepressant, an antiepileptic, and an antipsychotic. Gabapentin was the most common medication — often for off-label uses, such as to ease chronic pain or treat psychiatric disorders, according to the researchers from the University of Michigan.

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