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40% of hospitalizations of older adults with dementia could have been prevented: study

by Valerie Dimond, Contributing Reporter | July 31, 2020

Another study reported by Clinical Psychiatry News reported that older adult patients who already had cognitive decline when they were admitted to a hospital often left with a significantly accelerated rate of decline.

“Some data suggest this could actually be seen as a public health crisis since 40% of all hospitalized patients in the U.S. are older than 65, and the risk of past-hospitalization cognitive impairment rises with age,” said Dr. James of the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center, Chicago.

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With COVID-19 cases on a steady rise, the threat could be even more serious, says the Sepsis Alliance, which is partnering with Elara Caring, a large home-based care provider, to improve care and outcomes for COVID-19 patients with sepsis in the home care setting. The new public-private collaboration aims to provide home healthcare workers with training and education on sepsis.

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