Lifestyle & Management

Delirium may last for weeks to months in older adults. Poor health outcomes are particularly common among older adults whose delirium continues for a long time. 

Slow recovery is most likely when delirium is severe, a person has dementia, or if they are age 85 or older. 

Careful supportive care and monitoring of mental status during delirium help with recovery. 

Caregiver and Family Assistance

Family members and caregivers are very important to preventing delirium and in recovery from delirium. They can tell healthcare professionals if they notice a change in the older adult. 

Family caregivers can also offer help and many hospitals allow family members to stay overnight with people who have delirium or have a high risk of getting it.

Support Groups

There are caregiver support groups in many areas that can help family cope with their loved ones’ delirium. Members of these groups get support by talking about their experiences, sharing ways to cope, and telling each other about available resources.  

Support groups may be available through nonprofit organizations, clinics, places of worship, or other groups.   

For more information on caregiving, see the Caregiver Health section of the website. 

Last Updated May 2023

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