Make sure you and your care partner talk to your doctor about anesthesia prior to surgery. Many people with LBD are extremely sensitive to certain anesthesia just as they are to particular medications. It can affect both their mental and physical abilities adversely.
AGS BEERS CRITERIA – FOR POTENTIALLY INAPPROPRIATE MEDICATION USE IN OLDER ADULTS
FROM THE AMERICAN GERIATRICS SOCIETY: “This clinical tool, based on The AGS 2012 Updated Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults (AGS 2012 Beers Criteria), has been developed to assist healthcare providers in improving medication safety in older adults. Our purpose is to inform clinical decision-making concerning the prescribing of medications for older adults in order to improve safety and quality of care.” From Medscape.com: “The adapted Beers’ Criteria (HCFA Guidelines for Potentially Inappropriate Medications in the Elderly) identifies medications noted by an expert panel to have potential risks that outweigh potential benefits of the drug. The criteria are appropriate for persons older than 65 years of age, regardless of their level of frailty. The criteria do not identify all cases of potentially inappropriate prescribing and they may sometimes identify appropriate prescribing as inappropriate. The criteria are designed for population-based screening and are not intended to substitute for professional judgment regarding the individualized needs of particular older adults.”