THE SILVER LINING CHRONICLES - A HOSPITAL STAY CAN CAUSE TEMPORARY MEMORY LOSS IN SENIORS

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A HOSPITAL STAY CAN CAUSE TEMPORARY MEMORY LOSS IN SENIORS

A hospital stay can be a stressful time for anyone. Hospital procedures, antibiotics, different food, bed and daily routine can become overwhelming and disorienting to all patients.

However, according to a Northwestern University study, which was funded by the National Institute of Aging, and entitled "Improvements in Cognition Following Hospital Discharge of Community Dwelling Seniors," the stress is felt most severely by the elderly.

The study analyzed 200 people ages 70 and older who had been hospitalized for one reason or another and found that about 1/3 of them were suffering from cognitive issues, although none of them had been previously diagnosed with any such difficulties.

This disorientation came at a particularly critical time as the patients were leaving the hospital and being given daily care instructions that needed to be followed once they got home. If an individual did not understand his instructions, than a delay in recovery or worse could be the end result.

Researchers sensibly recommended that patients be accompanied by a family member or friend upon discharge. Once the patients were back home and in familiar surroundings, the majority of them returned to normal cognitive function within one month. 

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The study noted "they had significant improvement in areas of orientation, registration, repetition, comprehension, naming, reading, writing and calculation."

 

Northwestern University study on Memory Loss in Seniors Following a Hospital Stay

 

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Rainmaker
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Deborah Byron Leffler BzyBee Real Estate Lady!
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I can believe that!  I have talked to even younger folks who had disorientation for weeks after anesthesia!

Jun 03, 2011 01:08 PM #1
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Ellen Caruso
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Jill, yes I've seen that in many of my relatives well into their 90's but my dad who had surgery in his early 70's I did not expect. For him its Alzheimer's, taking each day one at a time.

Jun 03, 2011 03:24 PM #2
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Jill Sackler
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Deborah - Thanks so much for taking the time to comment. I hope you're doing well and time is moving quickly for you. I guess hospitalization is a bigger deal than we ever thought.

Ellen - I feel for you. The gradual decline of an Alzheimer's patient takes an enormous toll on everyone.  I've never been through it. I've only read about it. You have a large and close knit family. I pray you'll find the strength to cope. Remember to find time to laugh whenever you can.

Jun 04, 2011 03:08 PM #3
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My daughter had outpatient surgery and was groggy and forgetful for hours.. and she is only 24

Jun 05, 2011 04:45 PM #4
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Jill,  I had no idea a hospital stay could cause memory loss in seniors.  This is very scary.  Good post.

Jun 06, 2011 05:07 PM #5
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Jill Sackler
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Belinda, Really in anyone. They just bounce back a little slower.

Jun 07, 2011 01:13 AM #6
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Doesn't surprise me. I'm about halfway to 70 and I have memory loss just driving by a hospital! I admire doctors and nurses; they certainly have a job that I would never want.

Jun 07, 2011 12:49 PM #7
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Jill Sackler
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Eric - I've often thought to myself that if I could be any age I wish, I would be halfway to 70.

Jun 10, 2011 02:32 AM #8
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GOOD MORNING JILL!  I'm more than halfway to 70 and agree with Eric - I wonder sometimes how those nurses and caregivers do it everyday!

Jun 12, 2011 02:09 AM #9
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Gabrielle - Thanks so much for stopping by. It's a really tough job with, unfortunately, a lot of turnover in employees.

Jun 12, 2011 02:20 AM #10
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Scott Hayes
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Very informative post. I know doctors, nurses and other hospital staff do their best. But any visit to a hospital that can be limited, the better.

Jun 15, 2011 04:28 PM #11
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Jill Sackler
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Scott, No disrespect intended ever to anyone in the medical profession. I do see how hard they work. However, if I can possibly avoid a procedure, I will.

Jun 16, 2011 02:10 AM #12
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