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Elder hospitalizations can lead to a decrease in cognitive function

by Dorian Martin
April 27th, 2012 at 12:10 pm

I recently visited a friend whose mother-in-law was placed in a wound treatment facility. While the medical staff focused on treating the wound, my friend was increasingly worried about her mother-in-law’s mental state. For instance, the mother-in-law called 911 several times while at the facility because she was confused about where she was. She also experienced paranoia and may have had hallucinations.

I saw some similar reactions with my own mother when she was hospitalized. I found Mom to be very wary, not sure what was going on around her. Furthermore, she experienced some mental decline when she was released from the hospital, although she generally rebounded.

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