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Guns and Dementia: Dealing with a Loved One’s Firearms

Old man with a rifle

When someone you love has dementia, life can be frightening. Add firearms into the mix, and things can become even scarier.

Nearly half of all Americans over 65 either own a gun or live with someone who does. This can be troubling, as people with dementia are at an increased risk for suicide, and firearms are the most common suicide method among dementia patients.

In addition, people with dementia who have access to a firearm may put family or caregivers at risk if the person with dementia becomes confused about other people’s identities or mistakes them for an intruder.

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