For more than one in five patients over 65, hospital stays are complicated by frightening bouts of confusion known as delirium.
Delirium is disturbing, yet it is common enough that many people think it is simply a side effect of serious illness — harmless in its own right. But research has shown that delirium episodes are in fact dangerous, and may be indications that something else is wrong.
Eighty-eight year old Joe Ichiuji knows firsthand how easily freedom is lost. In 1941 shortly after Joe was drafted and had completed basic training, the U.S. government moved 120,000 Japanese Americans into internment camps. Even though many were American citizens, they were suspected of being disloyal. “I was told, ‘You’ve been discharged.’ Because of my Japanese ancestry they thought I was unfit for service.”