Thursday, May 2, 2019
9:00 – 12:00
Registration Fee: $50


Mollie Cole (RN, MN), Sylvia Wong-Kathol (OT, MHA), & Verdeen Bueckert (RN, MSc)


Antipsychotic use in older adults with dementia introduces many hazards, including excessive sedation, aspiration pneumonia and increased risk of stroke.

Over the past 5 years, the Seniors Health Strategic Clinical Network in Alberta has led the Appropriate Use of Antipsychotics (AUA) quality improvement initiative in Continuing Care.  The focus of this work is reducing the use of antipsychotics where person-centred non-pharmacologic strategies have demonstrated effectiveness at addressing underlying responsive behaviours.  Alberta now has the lowest use of these medications of any province in Canada.


  • To introduce gerontological nurses to resources and strategies to support gradual dose reductions and discontinuation of antipsychotics in older adults with dementia.
  • To share strategies to support culture change in Long Term Care, resulting in reduced antipsychotic use.
  • To demonstrate the impact of the AUA initiative on residents, family and staff.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this workshop, gerontological nurses will have a better understanding of the following:

  1. The hazards of long-term use of antipsychotics in older adults with dementia.
  2. How change-management models can be used to support changes in practice.
  3. Benefits of implementing the AUA project?


Interactive presentation, starting out with knowledge dissemination (lecture) followed by case studies and a guided interactive discussion.