Dear Friends,

This year we celebrate 25 years of HIGN! Throughout our history, and in the present, we have spearheaded initiatives and projects that aim to ensure older adults get the adequate healthcare to achieve optimal living and what matters to them. Founding Director, Dr. Mathy Mezey, established us as a leader in geriatric best practices. We continue that work today through our programs that educate nurses and other members of the interprofessional team, and our guides and protocols for best practices in the care of older adults. Additionally, we have expanded into promoting population health through community partnerships, developing health promotion materials for older adults, mentoring early career researchers and advocating for policies that improve the lives of older adults. Thank you for sharing this journey with us. We have come a long way but have more to accomplish. 

This month's newsletter features a short article by Clinical Associate Professor Dr. Donna McCabe who writes about the use of antipsychotics in the care of older people with dementia to "keep them quiet and safe".  A recent article in the New York Times addressed this issue and the concern that these drugs are being inappropriately used in too many cases. I always remember from my time in nursing administration being outraged to find an older person living with dementia in the ER who was given Haldol so they would not "make so much noise". Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing has been an outspoken voice on this subject as we strive to protect the rights and dignity of our aging population. Dr. McCabe illustrates the challenge very well.