It’s the ultimate nightmare for any senior.
You go into the hospital for something simple and routine… and suddenly find yourself feeling as if you’re literally losing your mind.
As many as half of all hospitalized seniors battle a terrifying condition called delirium — marked by paranoia, memory loss, delusions, and even hallucinations.
And what makes it even more frightening is that docs claim there’s NO WAY to stop it.
Of course THEY think that… because THEY haven’t been able to do a thing about it.
But new research shows how THEY are once again completely clueless!
There’s a simple step any doc or nurse can take that can cut the number of delirium cases in HALF practically overnight.
It’s safe. It’s effective. It’s inexpensive.
And they’re going to absolutely HATE it!
That’s because this delirium treatment isn’t in a pill that can be shoved down a hospital patient’s throat or stuffed into the IV line.
It’s something that requires actual TIME and CARE — 30 minutes to be exact. And if you can get the hospital staff to make this basic commitment to the patients who need it, you can see remarkable results.
On major contributor to delirium is that patients often wake up in a hospital heavily medicated and, in many cases, coming out of heavy sedation.
They’re frightened and confused, and their mind starts playing tricks on them.
But if someone’s there to help restore order, they might never sink into delirium.
In this study, half an hour a day with a nurse who explained what was going on and why they were in the hospital while helping out with the basics — like brushing teeth — kept many patients calm and grounded.
They had HALF the risk of delirium and FASTER recoveries, leaving the hospital two days sooner than patients given “usual care.”
So far, so good.
But helping half means the other half is still sinking into this nightmare — and I’m here to say it doesn’t have to be that way.
The BIGGEST reason for delirium is medication.
Seniors who have surgery — even ordinary elective surgery — end up on enough brain-scrambling anesthesia to tranquilize a moose. And folks in for other reasons, including emergencies, are often given more drugs than a Woodstock reunion.
OF COURSE you’re going to go out of your mind in a hurry!
For elective surgeries, make sure you speak directly to the anesthesiologist. Make sure he knows older patients are supposed to get LOWER doses — you’d be surprised how many don’t — and remind him that you want the lowest, safest levels possible.
And to prepare for all other situations, have a family meeting. Make sure folks around you know the risks of over-medication so they can keep watch… and, of course, you’ll do the same for them when the tables are turned.