Confusion is characterized by an inability to organize thoughts coherently and poor short-term memory. Elderly people are prone to confusion resulting from infection, alcohol, or drugs. Chronic confusion may be due to dementia (see below). Sudden onset may indicate a serious condition, such as hypothermia (fall in body temperature to less than 95°F/35°C), a stroke , a brain tumor, or hypoglycemia (abnormally low blood-sugar levels). 


Make sure that the diet is balanced. Try using the breathing techniques used in yoga to reduce stress.


If there is no improvement within three weeks, see a doctor. If there is acute confusion, see a doctor within 12 hours.

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