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What is Delirium

Handbook of Research on Geriatric Health, Treatment, and Care
It is a state of severe confusion and rapid changes in brain function. However, it is differentiated from Dementia by acute onset, fluctuating course and impaired consciousness.
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Cognitive Functions in the Geriatric Population
Shivani Sharma (All India Institute of Medical Sciences, India) and Ashima Nehra (All India Institute of Medical Sciences, India)
Copyright: © 2018 |Pages: 24
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-3480-8.ch006
This chapter describes how one of the challenging issues of clinical diagnosis is distinguishing between the cognitive deficits manifested in normal aging, depression, mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and dementia. The diagnostic challenge is that there is a great deal of overlap in the symptom constellations of these conditions. It is thus important to establish conceptual and clinical criteria with sufficient predictive validity to accurately identify differences and similarities in cognitive states to justify initiation of appropriate treatments.
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The Impact of COVID on Elderly Adults With Dementia and Other Cognitive Disabilities
A serious disturbance in mental abilities that results in confused thinking and reduced awareness of one’s environment.
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