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Seniors Face Greater Risks Of Dementia, Cognitive Problems After Surgery

Surgeries can improve quality of life. But brain changes that at times accompany aging can put seniors at greater risk for disorders arising from surgery and anesthesia, including delirium, impaired memory and problems with comprehension. Kristina Balangue, MD, clinical assistant professor of Internal Medicine, spoke to KJZZ 91.5 about these risks.

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