The faltering, unfaltering steps


Hole Ousia

INTRODUCTION: “Sensitive to the faltering steps of age” [1]
In what follows I will attempt to explore many of the issues around the experience of confusion in those people 65 years or older (most scientific journals refer to this age group as “elderly people”) admitted to acute hospitals. In the medical world this is now generally termed delirium. Delirium is an acute disorder of attention and cognition that is common, serious, costly, under-recognised, and often fatal. This is therefore a most serious matter. Yet the issues surrounding delirium are many and complex and far more difficult than this simple one word term may first suggest.

And slowly we go down.  And slowly we go down.
And slowly we go up. And slowly we go up.
The faltering, unfaltering steps[2]


With delirium, I think all involved would agree that we are at the starting steps of understanding. The title of…

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