Specializes in Community Health, Care Coordination and Geriatrics. Has 35 years experience.
The percentage of adults over age 65 in the United States is now more than 16% of the population. Because this age group tends to have more comorbid and chronic conditions, they are twice as likely to be hospitalized as compared to people under the age of 65. Delirium is a recognized complication of hospital admissions for the older adult and carries a high risk of morbidity, so identification and treatment are vital to better outcomes.