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One-third of caregivers say Alzheimer’s patients have access to guns at home, study finds

Up to half of older adults in the United States live in a home with firearms, statistics have shown. Among that population, the most significant risk for firearm misuse is suicide.About a third of people with Alzheimer’s disease have access to a firearm in their home, according to a newly published survey of caregivers.Few caregivers, however, have discussed what to do when their loved ones are unfit to handle the guns.”Alzheimer’s and other kinds of dementia can cause changes in thinking and memory that could make someone unsafe to handle a gun, even if that person has a lifetime of experience,” said lead researcher Dr. Emmy Betz, an associate professor of emergency medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, in a statement.More at CNN:

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