Delirium is a complex disorder marked by the acute onset of mental status change with an associated fluctuating course. Despite the fact that delirium is a common clinical entity in elderly hospitalized patients, the condition may present in any patient regardless of medical comorbidities. Recognition within the emergency setting is becoming increasingly important, as the diagnosis frequently is missed.
Older migraineurs, particularly migraineurs with aura, tend to score higher in tests of executive functioning and fine motor skills than do non-migraineurs. However, the lack of a detailed analysis of an unrepresentative headache population may confound the conclusions.
A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial found that giving cranberry capsules to elderly women residing in nursing homes did not result in any significant benefits, including no reduction in symptomatic urinary tract infections.
In a retrospective cohort study of elderly patients with glioblastoma, overall survival was superior with combined-modality therapy (radiation and chemotherapy) compared with chemotherapy alone or radiation alone.
The elderly operative patient has very different and specific needs compared to a younger woman. In addition to a higher risk of medical comorbidities, elderly women are affected by cognitive impairment, depression, gait, and balance disturbances.