Delirium in Older Adults

  • Ana Hategan
  • Calvin H. Hirsch
  • Deborah Francis
  • James A. Bourgeois


Delirium is one of the most serious medical complications experienced by older patients. Emphasis on early recognition, prevention, and management of delirium underlines the need for effective services across multiple settings from community to hospitals and other institutional care settings. At present, the diagnosis of delirium is clinically based. Management strategies for delirium need to be focused on prevention and symptom management. This chapter reviews the etiology, consequences, screening, diagnosis, prevention, and management of delirium in older patients.


Delirium in older adults Geriatric delirium Confusion Neurocognitive disorder Delirium prevention Delirium prophylaxis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ana Hategan
    • 1
  • Calvin H. Hirsch
    • 2
  • Deborah Francis
    • 3
  • James A. Bourgeois
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural NeurosciencesMcMaster UniversityHamiltonCanada
  2. 2.Division of General MedicineUniversity of California Davis Medical CenterSacramentoUSA
  3. 3.Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical CenterSacramentoUSA
  4. 4.Baylor Scott and White Department of PsychiatryTexas A&M University College of MedicineTempleUSA

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