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THE 3 DS: DEMENTIA, DELIRIUM AND DEPRESSION Many older adults are affected by delirium, dementia and/or depression. These are different  conditions and are  NOT  part of normal aging. However, it can be difficult to recognize the  differences in the older adult because many of the symptoms and behaviors can occur  together. It is important to recognize the differences and provide appropriate care recommendations. Delirium is  acute confusion caused by a specific organic factor.  It usually happens quite  quickly over a short period of time (several hours or days) and is temporary, lasting from a  few hours to several weeks. Delirium has many different causes and these may include:  Infection or high fever Reaction to medications or alcohol  Trauma, injuries, falls or surgery  Diseases of the kidney or liver  Lack of certain vitamins   Dehydration 
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This note was uploaded on 01/03/2012 for the course DIAG 712 taught by Professor Killinger during the Summer '09 term at Palmer Chiropractic.

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