Dementia, Depression or Delirium?

Posted by on Jan 18, 2011 in Health Signals |

Three of the most common mental health problems experienced by the elderly start with the letter D: dementia, depression, and delirium. Their symptoms may, at times, appear similar. Comparing the conditions and highlighting the differences can alert you to when medical help may be needed.

The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer Disease. Incidence increases with advancing age. It is not curable. 

Depression affects about 10% of the general population, can occur at any age, and affects both men and women. Incidence is higher when other medical conditions are present.

Delirium is often unrecognized and therefore not treated.

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Dementia Depression Delirium Info7-11.pdf


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