McCormack Speaks

Panel Recommends Ways to Improve Identification, Treatment For Hospital Patients With Dementia


This post originally appeared on the UMass Boston Gerontology Institute blog, written by Steven Syre.

puzzle pieces depicting woman with dementiaHospitalization is a stressful experience for most patients. But a person with dementia typically needs three days to recover pre-hospital function for each day hospitalized.

That caution has always stuck with Nina Silverstein, a professor of Gerontology at UMass Boston’s McCormack Graduate School. She kept it in mind as a member of a state Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias Acute Care Advisory Committee.

The 16-member committee recently published its recommendations for Massachusetts hospitals treating patients with dementia. Their report is intended to drive future discussion that will ultimately shape best practices to identify dementia and/or delirium and adjust care plans accordingly. Read more.

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