A study showed that elderly patients who use benzodiazepines and their cohorts (Lunesta and Ambien) are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease.  There are other hazards to these medications in the elderly in addition, such as making driving more dangerous and increasing the likelihood of falling.  Please consider melatonin, unisom, or benadryl for sleep instead!  AND acupuncture, of course for anxiety!! 🙂