SeniorJournal.com - Daily News for Senior Citizens

  FRONT PAGE Aging • Health • Alzheimer's - Mental • Nutrition • Medicare & Medicaid Politics  • Fitness  • Social Security • Alerts • Sex Health • Features • Retirement  Elder Care  >Search  >Senior Links

[NavBar.htm]

Senior Journal: Today's News and Information for Senior Citizens & Baby Boomers

More Senior Citizen News and Information Than Any Other Source - SeniorJournal.com

• Go to more on Caregiver & Elder Care News or More Senior News on the Front Page

 
 

E-mail this page to a friend!

Caregiver & Elder Care News

Hospitalized Senior Citizens Suffer Strange Temporary Memory Loss, Impairs Recovery

Many seniors suffer cognition loss but then go back to normal one month later

Senior citizens need support when leaving hospital due to temporary memory loss.March 14, 2011 - Battling an illness, lack of sleep and strange surroundings can make any hospital patient feel out of sorts. For senior citizens, hospitalizations actually may cause temporary memory loss and difficulty in understanding discharge instructions, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study. 

The seniors go back to normal one month after the hospital stay, the study found. But immediately following a hospitalization is a critical time in which seniors may need extra support from healthcare professionals and family, according to Lee Lindquist, the lead author of the study, published online in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, March 2011.

Lindquist, M.D., is an assistant professor of geriatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and a physician at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. 

 

Related Stories

 
 

Injuries, Sickness Greatly Increase Likelihood of Senior Citizens Becoming More Disabled

Disabled senior Americans could increase substantially with aging of baby boomers; more aggressive efforts needed to prevent and manage illnesses and injuries

Nov. 3, 2010

Review Finds Pain, Agitation Prevalent Among Dying Seniors in U.S. Hospitals

Medical care during the last year of life accounts for 10 to 12% of U.S. health care budget and 27% of Medicare expenditures

June 29, 2010


Read more Elder Care & Caregivers News

 

“A helper on the day of discharge could make sure a senior understands discharge instructions and help her get home and follow instructions safely,” Lindquist said.

“If a patient is by herself the day of a hospital discharge, it’s possible that she won’t comprehend complicated medical instructions, increasing medication errors and chances of re-hospitalization.”  

More than 200 seniors, age 70 and older, who lived on their own in the Chicago area and were not diagnosed with dementia or other cognitive problems, took part in the study. 

At the time of discharge, cognition tests were administered to examine mental status. Almost one-third had low cognition that was previously unrecognized.

One month later, 58 percent of those patients no longer had low cognition. They had significant improvement in areas of orientation, registration, repetition, comprehension, naming, reading, writing and calculation.

Healthcare professionals need to be more aware of seniors’ thought processes on the day they are released from the hospital, Lindquist said. Screening all seniors for low cognition before they leave any hospital could help doctors and nurses flag patients in need of specialized transitional care with more frequent follow-ups in the days after hospitalization.

“When the senior is no longer sick enough to be in the hospital, it doesn’t mean they’re 100 percent ready to be on their own,” Lindquist said. “It’s a critical time and they need extra support and understanding from healthcare professionals and family.”

The title of the study is “Improvements in Cognition Following Hospital Discharge of Community Dwelling Seniors.”

The National Institute of Aging funded this study.

The original report was written by Erin White, broadcast editor at Northwestern. Contact her at ewhite@northwestern.edu

Nursing Home Abuse,
Medical Malpractice -
Experienced Legal Help

 Beth Janicek, Board Certified Personal Injury Attorney Janicek Law attorneys are working every day to help senior citizens and others harmed by failure of care in nursing homes and the healthcare system.

If you or a loved one have suffered due to the neglect or inadequate care of others, call us today. We offer the skill and knowledge gained in more than twenty years of success.

Free Consultation - Call toll free 1-877-795-3425 or Email

Search for more about this topic on SeniorJournal.com

Google Web SeniorJournal.com

Keep up with the latest news for senior citizens, baby boomers

Click to More Senior News on the Front Page

Copyright: SeniorJournal.com

    

 

Published by New Tech Media - www.NewTechMedia.com

Other New Tech Media sites include CaroleSutherland.com, BethJanicek.com, SASeniors.com, DrugDanger.com, etc.