It’s all too frequent that older people who become confused, disoriented or have a fluctuating mental state are assumed to just be experiencing symptoms of “aging.” But these symptoms could actually indicate delirium, a serious and often undiagnosed affliction that seniors can experience after surgery or more generally during hospitalization. Recently, several of our regularly featured websites have published valuable pieces about symptoms of delirium, prevention strategies and important reminders that seniors in long term facilities can also experience delirium. For example, Health In Aging, a useful source of health info from the American Geriatrics Society, recently published a valuable tip sheet for caregivers who have to manage someone with delirium. Check out their tips Here. Dr. Leslie Kernisan, host of the excellent website Better Health While Aging, recently published a comprehensive overview about delirium that includes preventive strategies, options for treatment should delirium surface and how family members can best respond. Her professional advice is Here. Finally, in a recent blog post, Dr. Muriel Gillick, while commenting on a recent New England Journal of Medicine review article, said flat out that the best preventive strategy against delirium may be to avoid hospitalization altogether. Check out her words and warnings Here.