Cognitive Impairment after Critical Illness Can Be Severe

These steps may help reduce the mental toll in older adults.

A trip to the hospital, especially when it involves a stay in an intensive care unit (ICU), can trigger problems with mood and cognition in older patients. These problems—sometimes as serious as those associated with mild Alzheimer’s disease (AD)—are thought to be linked to a variety of factors, including the stress of hospitalization, drugs, pain, sleep […]

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