Recommended Reading: Hallucinations in Hospital Pose Risk to Elderly

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The American Geriatrics Society reports that a disproportionate number of older patients are experiencing inexplicable bouts of delirium during hospital stays. Now, several hospitals are looking to reduce the cases of “hospital delirium” that may be brought on by infections, surgery, medications or stress.