VA works to reduce benzodiazepines prescriptions
is working to reduce the number of benzodiazepines (BZDs) prescribed to
Veterans in the community, especially seniors aged 65 and older. BZDs
are a class of drugs used to treat certain conditions, such as anxiety,
with medications like Xanax and Ativan. The risk of these medications
for older adults includes falls, confusion, or contributing to lethal
This reduction is part of the Psychotropic Drug Safety Initiative, which began in 2013.
New screening improves early detection of memory loss
Florida/South Georgia VA has made improvements to its cognitive
screening for Veterans with symptoms of memory loss. These new
improvements are not only quicker and easier to administer, but patients
can also obtain early access to resources, medication, and treatment.
screening has also resulted in a cost-saving approach for those
diagnosed with cognitive decline. “The new screening has shown to
improve patient outcomes without significantly increasing workload,”
said nurse Jocelyn Almazan. “It has resulted in the decrease in
treatment cost for patients.”
VA provides fertility and infertility care
is here to support you as you build your family. From infertility and
fertility treatment to mental health counseling, we provide resources
and support that can address your family planning needs.
you or someone you know is experiencing fertility issues, know that it
is more common than you may think. Talk to your provider about the range
of services that are available in VA, particularly if you have been
trying to conceive for 12 or more months.
Volunteer gives 35,000 hours in honor of Veteran brother
Solak has volunteered to serve Veterans in the Detroit area for four
decades—over 35,000 hours. She began volunteering in 1981 to honor her
Marine Corps brother who passed away.
a testament to her pride and passion, she’s won the National VA
Voluntary Service leadership award twice for her immense efforts.
just wanted to do something that makes me feel good,” Solak said. “They
served our country and now it’s our time to serve them.”