Department of Psychiatry

Dementia/Delirium Resources

Dementias are memory disorders caused by neurodegenerative processes or other conditions that damage brain tissue and interfere with retention or recall of memory. A minority of cases are reversible, such as those caused by thyroid disease or vitamin deficiency syndromes. Most dementias afflict older adults, but some examples like Huntington's and Pick's Diseases can affect adults as early as the third decade of life. As many as 15% of adults older than the age of 85 have evidence of the most common dementia, Alzheimer's Disease.

Delirium is disturbance of both consciousness and cognition caused by a variety of medical conditions for examples fever, dehydration, and drug reactions. The elderly are more vulnerable, and in this age group, high rates of morbidity and death result from delirium. Earlier recognition and treatment of dementias and delirium is improving the prognosis in these conditions and limiting the suffering of patients and families

Dementias may be complicated by severe mood and behavioral problems and psychosis that make management in home and institutional settings challenging. Delirium is disturbance of both consciousness and cognition caused by a variety of medical conditions for examples fever, dehydration, and drug reactions. The elderly are more vulnerable, and in this age group, high rates of morbidity and death result from delirium. Earlier recognition and treatment of dementias and delirium is improving the prognosis in these conditions and limiting the suffering of patients and families.

The websites offered here are selected as starting points for clinicians, patients and loved ones to learn more dementias and delirium, research in the field and the best practices in treatment and support for those affected by these disorders.

We hope you will find this site a helpful gateway to the world of information about dementias and delirium available on the internet.

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