Postoperative delirium could warn of long-term cognitive dec
Delirium is a common, serious, often fatal disorder that affects as many as 50 percent of older people during the course of surgery or hospitalization. Yet, despite delirium’s incidence among elderly hospitalized patients, its relationship to long-term cognitive decline has not been well explored.

In the July 2016 issue of Alzheimer’s & Dementia, however, researchers from HMS and Hebrew SeniorLife Institute for Aging Research report that there is increasing evidence that delirium in older surgical patients may be associated with such cognitive decline. The study, conducted in collaboration with scientists at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Brown University, and Northeastern University, examined the trajectory of short-term and long-term cognitive decline in patients who experienced post-surgical delirium....