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What You Need to Know About Dementia

Delirium
Delirium is characterized by confusion and rapidly altering mental states. Delirium may also cause people to become:
 
  • Disoriented
  • Drowsy
  • Incoherent.
     
People with delirium may also exhibit personality changes. Delirium is usually caused by a treatable physical or psychiatric illness, such as poisoning or infections. Patients with delirium often, though not always, make a full recovery after their underlying illness is treated.
 

Preventing Dementia

Research has revealed a number of strategies that may help to prevent or delay symptoms of dementia.
 
Some of these dementia prevention strategies include:
 
  • Knowing your dementia risk factors (see Dementia Risk Factors)
  • Monitoring your health and making lifestyle changes
  • Stimulating your brain.
     
Other factors that may play a role in preventing dementia include:
 
  • Your education level
  • Reducing inflammation and using nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
     
(Click Dementia Prevention to learn more about strategies that may be helpful.)
 
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