062 Preventing Hospital Delirium and Maintaining Brain Health

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In This Episode:

Dr. K talks with geriatrician Sharon Inouye, MD MPH, a nationally-known expert on delirium who is Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Aging Brain Center at the Institute for Aging Research, Hebrew SeniorLife. They discuss:

  • What is delirium and what are common symptoms of delirium
  • What are common causes of delirium, and what can make it worse
  • How Dr. Inouye became interested in studying delirium
  • The difference between delirium and dementia, and how the two conditions are related
  • The problem with using restraints and bed alarms, when someone is delirious
  • How to treat delirium, and how to keep a person safe while delirious
  • How the Hospital Elder Life Program helps reduce delirium (by 40-60% in some studies!)
  • Why many hospitals still don’t have a HELP program
  • The most effective ways to maintain brain health while aging

Related episodes:

039 Interview: Creating Age-Friendly Health Systems

014 Delirium & Hospital Confusion

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