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Delirium or Dementia?

Posted Sep 19th, 2019 in Caring for Yourself, Caring for Others

Delirium is a syndrome that comes on suddenly, fluctuates, causes disturbances in thinking, paying attention, and alertness. 


Delirium is a frightening condition that can occur in 25% or more of seniors admitted to hospitals.

Delirium is recognized for its:

1. Sudden onset
2. Fluctuations
3. Decreased attention
4. Changes in alertness
5. Disorganized thinking

In this video, Dr. Didyk describes the main features of delirium and how it differs from dementia (Major Neurocognitive Disorder).

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