Hospital Discharge and Cognitive Changes in Older Adults

8/1/2012 to 7/31/2015
National Institutes of Health/ National Institute on Aging/ R21 AG042640

About this Project

When older adults leave the hospital after a hospital admission, they are often very confused and their memory is impaired. Findings from our research has shown that memory loss is prevalent when people are discharged from the hospital.  This memory loss frequently improves after the first month. The objectives of this study are to investigate hospital-asscpiated cognitive impairment when compared to a pre-hospitalization baseline and to determine when cognitive recovery occurs in the month following hospital discharge. We will also examine patient and potentially preventable hospital-related risk factors of hospital-associated cognitive impairment. Through this research, we hope to make hospitalizations and the transition home safer for older adults.

Principal Investigator

Associate Professor