It’s delirium, which affects about 30% of seniors during hospitalization. (Rates are much higher if there’s been a surgery or if the person is in the intensive care unit.)
People sometimes refer to delirium as “post-operative confusion,” or “ICU psychosis” or even “hospital dementia.”
Delirium is extremely important for family caregivers to learn about, because families are often the first to notice that senior isn’t himself or herself.
So I’ve written a comprehensive article for A Place for Mom, covering the definition of delirium and all the essential things you should know. You can find it here:
In this article, I explain:
- What is delirium, including symptoms and causes,
- How delirium differs from dementia,
- Why delirium is such an important problem to prevent and detect in seniors.
I also cover ten important things to know — and do! — about delirium: [Read more…]