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Module IV: Delirium, Depression and Dementia

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Delirium is characterized by the rapid onset of impaired cognition, altered attention, and disturbed psychomotor behavior. It is a common, serious, life-threatening condition in older adults, and may be the first sign of an acute illness. Although it is usually transient and reversible, delirium results in increased morbidity and mortality, and greater healthcare costs. Risk identification and early recognition are key steps in successful delirium prevention and management. The timely and accurate diagnosis of delirium is challenging. Too often, delirium is either unrecognized or mistaken for other neuropsychiatric conditions such as dementia and depression. If you see a change in thoughts, feelings, or behaviors—think delirium!

This module will provide a comprehensive overview of delirium and describe its epidemiology, common risk factors and etiologies, clinical manifestations, assessment techniques, and prevention and management strategies. The presentation will also highlight key features that distinguish delirium from dementia and depression.  

 
Think Delirium! 

Featuring Dr. Stewart Bond, Assistant Professor at the Connell School of Nursing.