Among hospitalized Alzheimer’s patients, a substantial proportion of risk for adverse outcomes could be attributed to delirium, including 6.2 percent of deaths, 15.2 percent of institutionalization, and 20.6 percent of cognitive decline. This information, yielded from a study recently conducted by the Institute for Aging Research (IFAR), confirms that for patients with Alzheimer’s disease, the combination of a hospital stay and delirium can pose increased risks.
Currently, there are patient care programs designed to prevent delirium by keeping hospitalized seniors oriented to their surroundings, meeting their diet and sleep needs, and helping them remain as physically active as possible. Research indicates that the findings of this new study may ultimately change the way Alzheimer’s patients are cared for in the future.
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