“Preventable and treatable”: How to be delirium aware

Peninsula Health Geriatrician Dr Navin Amarasinghe.

In the lead up to World Delirium Awareness Day (Wednesday 17 March), Geriatrician Dr Navin Amarasinghe is reminding our community why the condition is everyone’s responsibility and what we can do to prevent it. 

“Often seen in patients over the age of 65, delirium is a change in mental state typified by disturbances to a person’s attention, concentration and perception – a condition commonly seen in the hospital environment,” says Navin.

“We regularly screen patients for delirium and monitor those at higher risk of developing the condition. While the causes can be complex, pathology tests do help us to identify and diagnose the condition.”

Navin is encouraging our community to be aware of the signs of delirium and to raise it with a health professional if you suspect a loved one may be suffering from delirium.

To learn more about Delirium go to the Better Health Channel website.  

This year’s World Delirium Day theme was “Be Delirium Aware”. 

For further information about World Delirium Day, click here.