Atypical Cause of Senior Behavioral Change

Mrs. Rider is an 82-year-old woman and lives in an assisted living community. She suffers from persistent depressive disorder, an illness that often makes her sad and agitated. When the assisted living community staff first noticed a sudden change in Mrs. Rider’s cognitive status and when her daughters commented on her increased confusion and withdrawal from social situations, everyone figured these signs were just a part of Mrs. Rider’s depression. Mrs. Rider's clinical social worker noticed the increased confusion and behavior changes and coordinated with her doctor due to the sudden changes. These symptoms did not seem related to her depression, and the social worker encouraged a medical

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