Colorado researchers launched a website Tuesday to help people make difficult decisions about living with dementia.
In collaboration with the Program for Injury Prevention, Education and Research (PIPER) from the Colorado School of Public Health, we’ve developed a new map for firearm storage in Colorado. It displays firearm retailers and law enforcement agencies that, as of August 2019, could store weapons for interested community members.
This Colorado Public Radio conversation covered issues related to mass shootings, suicide, firearms, and mental health . Panelists included George Brauchler, Laura Carno, Colorado Sen. Rhonda Fields, Moe Keller, and Emmy Betz. (August 13, 2019)
This Annals of Internal Medicine article provides an overview of existing research and recommended strategies for counseling and intervention to reduce firearm-related death and injury. For more resources, also check out the UC Davis What You Can Do site.
Dementia - because of its cognitive impairment and behavioral disturbances - can impair someone’s ability to safely operate a car, have firearm access, or be home alone. In this exploratory survey we asked dementia caregivers about their concerns and experiences. READ MORE.
In ongoing work, we’re conducting qualitative interviews with caregivers - contact us today!
The Dickey Amendment, named after former Arkansas Rep. Jay Dickey, created a de-facto ban on federal funding for gun research in the 1990s. Dickey has said he only meant the law to stop the use of federal money for advocacy and regrets it's been used to stop nearly all gun violence research, but that’s the way the law has been used ever since. The resulting dearth of research means there is a lot Americans don't know about how to prevent gun violence. Dr. Larry Wolk, head of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, tells Colorado Matters the need for more research ought to be something everyone can get behind. And Dr. Emmy Betz describes how she got a rare federal grant to study guns and suicide prevention in Colorado — and what more she would investigate given the resources.
In November, 2018, GeriPal Podcast interviewed Dr. Emmy Betz about firearm safety, including how to counsel individuals with dementia about guns. GeriPal aims at providing an open community forum among interdisciplinary providers and anyone interested in geriatric and palliative care to positively impact clinical practice and healthcare policy
Several Colorado gun shops ban together in support of the the Colorado Gun Shop Project. the Colorado Gun Shop Project is helping push the 11 commandment of gun safety: Consider off-site storage -- family, friends, some shooting clubs, police departments or gun shops -- if a family member may be suicidal. people don’t realize that the vast majority of gun deaths aren’t homicides, but suicides. Suicide is the seventh-leading cause of death in Colorado and more than half of those suicides involved a firearm.
At the University of Colorado Hospital, Dr. Emmy Betz said she saw three suicidal patients on a recent night. Each had taken drugs -- and all survived. “With firearms, typically there’s not that second chance."
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Elderly drivers can pose a risk to themselves and their passengers, so some Coloradans want to see them get driving tests, coaching, and in some cases put down the keys altogether. It's getting more important to address the issue because the number of drivers 65 and older is growing fast.
But there's a risk of getting people off the road too soon, because it may lead to depression and even early death, according to Emmy Betz, an associate professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She tells Colorado Matters host Ryan Warner that doctors should talk regularly with older patients about when to stop driving.
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There will be more and more elderly drivers on Colorado’s roads. It’s a fact of living in a state with lots of baby boomers. And it leads to a really sensitive question: How do you get older drivers, who are unsafe, off the road? Dr. Emmy Betz and her team at the University of Colorado Denver have studied the issue. Betz speaks with Ryan Warner.