Confusion is the inability to think as clearly or as quickly as you normally do. The good news is that, more often than not, confusion is only a temporary mental issue due to infections or disorders. The bad news is that if it is permanent, it is incurable.
Temporary mental confusion, according to Arnaldo Lichtenstein, M.D., may be due to uncontrolled diabetes and dehydration, both conditions common to seniors. If you are diabetic, it is important to control your blood sugar level through your diet.
In your golden years, you water reserve may be reduced to less than 50 percent in your body—a natural consequence of aging. But you may be reluctant to take in more fluid to compensate for its natural loss because of your bladder problems or the increase of medications (pharmaceutical drugs dehydrate).
Make a habit of drinking liquids, especially plain water, every two hours or so, even though you may not feel thirsty at all. If you begin to feel muddled thinking, inexplicable irritability, disorientation, and lack of concentration, you may be on the brink of dehydration without knowing it.
Avoiding the use of alcohol, especially when you are alone or lonely; quitting smoking, and getting enough sleep are other measures to prevent dehydration.
Of course, confusion may be a tale-telling sign of medical conditions you may have, such as brain tumor, concussion, hypothermia (sudden drop in body temperature), infections, stroke, and among others.
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