Living alone for people on dementia medication: related use of drugs

Evi Zafeiridi, Alan J McMichael, A Peter Passmore, Bernadette McGuinness

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Approximately one-third of people with dementia in the United Kingdom live alone. People living alone with dementia may receive different treatment for dementia and may have different comorbidities compared to people who live with a caregiver. This study explored differences in medication and demographic characteristics between people living alone with dementia and those living with a caregiver in Northern Ireland. People with dementia were identified through the first date that a dementia management medication was prescribed between 2010 and 2016. In total, 25,418 people were prescribed a dementia management medication. Data for whether people with dementia lived alone was extracted through the National Health Application and Infrastructure Services and from national datasets through the Honest Broker Service. Approximately 35% (n= 8,828) of people with dementia in Northern Ireland lived alone. People with dementia who lived alone were younger (mean= 75 years, SD= 8.50) compared to people who lived with a caregiver (mean= 77 years, SD= 7.82). Binary logistic regression highlighted that people who lived alone were more likely to be treated with donepezil medication for dementia and less likely to receive antidepressants. These findings indicate that living alone did not affect treatment for dementia and comorbidity medication in people on dementia medication.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20924-20929
Number of pages6
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - 21 Oct 2020


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