Overmedication occurs when an elderly patient takes excessive amounts of a medication or takes unnecessary medications. Overmedication can occur in residential or institutional settings, and can happen by mistake or can be intentionally done. If a patient is overmedicated intentionally, it is a type of elder abuse. If the patient is accidentally overmedicated, it can be indicative of neglect. Currently, there are about 5 million patients with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia, and 11 million family members are caring for these patients, Patricia Grady, director of the National Institute of Nursing Research, in Bethesda, said at a forum. "We're facing the increasing age of the population...