Hospitalization increases risk for cognitive decline in older adults
Emergency and urgent hospitalizations are associated with an increased rate of cognitive decline in older adults, suggests a study published in the Jan. 11, 2019, online issue of Neurology. Researchers found that those who have non-elective (emergency or urgent) hospitalizations and who have not previously been diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimers disease had a rapid decline in cognitive function (i.e., thinking abilities) compared to the prehospital rate.
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