When Should Older Americans with Alzheimer’s Lose Access to Guns?

Individuals with dementia who possess or have access to firearms should receive special attention or screening from physicians, family members and authorities to gauge the risk of harm to themselves and others, according to a group of clinicians writing in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

“A diagnosis of cognitive impairment or dementia does not in itself mean that a person should not have access to firearms,” the clinicians cautioned in a paper released Monday.

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