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Memory loss can be a serious concern as you age. And now research shows that a stay in the hospital can speed this undesirable process for older adults. Scientists at the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago have found that people over the age of 65 who go in the hospital, on average, double their memory decline compared to those who are not hospitalized.
“Further research may help to develop strategies to prevent medical problems in older people that lead to hospital stays. It could also lead to changes in hospital inpatient and discharge policies,” says Robert Wilson, a researcher and neuropsychologist at Rush.
In any case, this research seems to indicate there are important benefits to handling medical problems in seniors without hospitalizing them.