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DELIRIUM

ANCHOR LEAD: WHEN OLDER FOLKS ARE DISCHARGED FROM THE HOSPITAL THEY MAY SUFFER FROM DELIRIUM, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

When older people come home from a hospital stay they may be confused, agitated, and have difficulty managing life activities.  Family members may call this dementia, but it is often delirium, a state of mental confusion resulting from routine disruption, new medications, and interrupted sleep while in the hospital.  Michelle Bellantoni, a geriatrics expert at Johns Hopkins, says one new study demonstrates how very often delirium occurs.

BELLANTONI:  Delirium is very common in older adults who are being discharged from the hospital, and importantly, the delirium persists for a great deal of time.  What we see in this article the data are quite striking.  Four out of ten individuals had delirium that persisted for three months and a third for half a year.  That’s a significant change in cognitive ability that in the past was thought to be due more to progressive dementia but in fact may have a reversible cause.       :29

Interaction among medications is a very common cause.  At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.


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