Study Shows Rate of Mental Decline in Elders After Hospital Stay Doubles
Posted Sep 16 2012 12:00am
Years back, my dad came out of the hospital with severe, irreversible dementia. True, he’d had brain surgery . The surgery was meant to correct the effects aging was having on scar tissue from his WWII brain injury. Still, the change in my dad post-surgery was dramatic, to put it lightly. At the time, medical people were not aware – or were not acknowledging – the risks of surgery and hospitalization for elders.
Through the years, I’ve answered anguished questions from readers telling their personal tale of a mother or father coming home from the hospital dramatically changed. I could empathize and tell them I understood their pain. But until the last couple of years, there’s been little scientific evidence to back up what many family members have witnessed firsthand.