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Hospital units tailored to older patients can help prevent decline

Heidi de Marco
Kaiser Health News, resized and recropped

Patients over 65 tend to be less resilient during a hospital stint than younger patients, research finds, and more vulnerable to mental or physical deterioration, even if they recover from the illness or injury that sent them there.

One study published in 2011 found that about a third of patients older than 70 and more than half of patients over 85 left the hospital more disabled than when they arrived.

DR. KEN COVINSKY: The older you are the worse the hospital is for you.

This story was reported by Kaiser Health News — a non-profit, editorially independent program of the Kaiser Family Foundation. To read the full article, click here.