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The article describes the circumstances surrounding the deaths of 40 elders as a result of physical resident-to-resident incidents in the context of dementia in long-term care homes:

Caspi, E. (2016). Deaths as a result of resident-to-resident altercations in dementia in long-term care homes: A need for research, policy, and prevention. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 17(1), 7-11.

Since the publication of the article, I identified 20 additional fatal resident-to-resident incidents in the context of dementia in long-term care homes.

This, beyond 20 other fatal resident-to-resident incidents for which there was no indication in the source that one or both residents involved had dementia.

We want to see a solution. We do not want the death of our father to be in vain… We are out to find a solution. To make sure that our aging population is taken care of. I want to see something done so this doesn’t happen again.

– Son of 87 years old Frank Alexander with Alzheimer’s disease who died four days after another resident with dementia pushed him and caused him to hit his head on the floor and sustain a blunt head trauma (which was determined in an autopsy as the cause of his death).

Inquest (2015): https://tinyurl.com/j2lc5fd (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)