Alzheimer’s Association urges people to wear purple for World Alzheimer’s Day
Learning the skills of detaching with love: sometimes it's about survival

Hospitalized elders may be more prone to cognitive decline

Why are some elders subject to returning home from a hospitalization cognitively worse? Experts are studying this problem with varying results, but many agree that there are conditions at play which can result in an elderly person suffering cognitive decline after a hospitalization. Although there is no 100% conclusive evidence that a hospitalization can lead to dementia, the medical community calls the condition "hospital delirium," a condition that the American Geriatrics Society estimates affects about one-third of patients over 70, particularly those who are in intensive care or who undergo surgery.

Read more about hospitalized elders and dementia:

Find care agencies to help you care for your loved one:

Support a caregiver or jump start discussion in support groups with real stories - for bulk orders e-mail Carol:


Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

The comments to this entry are closed.