Health Tip: Helping a Confused Person

(HealthDay News) — Confusion is the inability to think as clearly or quickly as normal, says MedlinePlus. From intoxication to head trauma, confusion can have a variety of causes.

To help a confused person, MedlinePlus suggests:

  • Always introduce yourself, no matter how well the person once knew you.
  • Remind the person of his or her location.
  • Place a calendar and clock near the person.
  • Talk about current events and plans for the day.
  • Keep surroundings calm, quiet and peaceful.

MedlinePlus urges you to call 911 if confusion has come on suddenly or is accompanied by other symptoms.