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Has Your Loved One Has Lost Ground Mentally After Hospitalization? It May Be the Anesthetic

Frequently, I talk with people who have gotten their elderly parent home from a hospital stay, expecting an improvement in health, and found that they have deteriorated mentally - sometimes significantly. They ask, "Will this go away?" Obviously, each case is different, but it's certainly an issue that needs to be addressed. Sometimes a hospital stay can be so disorienting that an elder will sink into a confused state, even though no sign of infection or other physical reason seems evident. Some recover, but some don't seem to ever get back to where they were prior to the hospital stay.

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