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Delirium, Dementia, and Adverse Outcomes

Contributed by Thiago J. Avelino-Silva, MD, PhD*; Flávia B. Garcez, MD, PhD* *Faculty of Medicine, University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil Delirium results from an intricate combination of dozens of possible predisposing and precipitating factors1. Older age, functional dependence, and preexisting cognitive impairment are key determinants for its occurrence, but the latter is a […]

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Beyond delirium: The neuropsychiatric dimensions of COVID-19

Beyond delirium: The neuropsychiatric dimensions of COVID-19 By Mark Oldham, MD The data are clear and, sadly, just as clearly predictable.1,2 COVID-19 has caused delirium—lots of it in fact. Twenty to 30% of older adults with COVID-19 develop delirium, with older adults at higher risk of delirium than younger adults.3 Older adults with COVID-19 commonly […]

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Occupational Therapy: Strategies for Delirium Management

Contributed by Evelyn Alvarez1,2,3  & Juan Pablo Saa4 1 Centro de Estudios en Neurociencia Humana y Neuropsicología, Facultad de Psicología, Universidad Diego Portales, Chile, 2 Facultad de Ciencias de la Salud, Universidad Central de Chile, Chile, 3 Departamento de Terapia Ocupacional y Ciencia de la Ocupación, Facultad de Medicina, Universidad de Chile, Chile, 4 Florey […]

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Life Changing: Early Delirium Identification and Intervention

Contributed by Kimberly Oosterhouse, PhD, RN, CNE, Loyola University Chicago, NIDUS Pilot Grant Awardee “Kim, I think this is it; she is not responding to me. Can you please come and be with us?” These are the words I woke up to one morning 16 years ago. My distraught grandfather called me from the inpatient […]