Memory loss in seniors 'caused by hospital stay'

Posted on 15 April 2011

People paying for care who require a hospital stay could experience memory loss, according to a new study.

Research from Northwestern University found that older adults who had been hospitalised were at a higher risk of memory loss and had more difficulty understanding discharge instructions.

This effect was found to last one month following departure from the hospital, according to the study, published online in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

Lee Lindquist, lead author of the study, said this means healthcare workers and family should pay more attention to older people when they are discharged from hospital.

"If a patient is by herself the day of a hospital discharge, it's possible that she won't comprehend complicated medical instructions, increasing medication errors and chances of re-hospitalization," she emphasised.

Meanwhile, vehicle pollution could lead to memory loss, according to findings from a study on mice which was published in journal Environmental Health Perspectives.

Posted by Nigel Murphy



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