Senior Health (cont.)
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Seniors and Hospitalization
Seniors comprise the majority of hospitalized patients by the virtue their advanced age and multiple chronic (long standing) health problems. As hospital visits and admission to hospitals become more frequent for seniors, their overall health status can further decline with each episode. Hospitalization is often necessary for seniors, although, it is not always free of risks and complications.
Delirium is an important complication seen in the hospitalized seniors. It is recognized as episodes of waxing and waning confusion. Delirium is typically reversible, but it can potentially linger for a long time. It can also reset one's mental function at a lower baseline. Delirium can have many causes including:
Other potential dangers and risks for hospitalized elderly are as follows:
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/30/2016
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