Saturday, June 4, 2011

Help for Elders with Dementia and Delirium

Activities directors and other healthcare professionals here is a great dementia resource for caregivers and healthcare professinals,

Here is information on being the best caregiver you can be

Here is a way for nurses administrators, social workers and other health care professionals to get an easyceu or two

Here are more interesting dementia brain boosting activities

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Here is a proposed study trying to find out what we already know
Ann Kolanowski and Elouise Ross Eberly Professor of Nursing at Penn State . will be doing a new study because of a $2.4 million, five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health.

"Delirium is prevalent in people with dementia," said Ann Kolanowski, Elouise Ross Eberly Professor of Nursing, Penn State . "We found in our pilot study that many older adults who have dementia experience a medical problem often develop delirium, and it doesn't necessarily resolve by the time they are discharged from the hospital."

Delirium, defined as a state of mental confusion, occurs in over half of all hospitalized older adults with dementia. If delirium continues, it can interfere with patient rehabilitation and there is a very high risk of permanent institutionalization, said Kolanowski.
Here is more information about delirium and dementia

The grant, from NIH's National Institute of Nursing Research, was awarded to Kolanowski and colleague Donna Fink, professor of nursing, Penn State . The researchers will test an intervention consisting of cognitive activities to help patients with delirium superimposed on dementia.

"Cognitive processing helps restore cognitive functioning," said Kolanowski. "In delirium, improved cognitive function is accompanied by improvement in physical function and resolution of delirium."

The intervention Kolanowski and colleagues propose is called  Read all of... Help for Elders with Dementia and Delirium
More info..... Differentiating between delirium and dementia: New Zealand's ageing population is increasing rapidly. Delirium and dementia are two common aged-related ... article from: Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand

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