Delirium is defined by the National Institute on Aging as "a state of sudden, acute confusion." The most common occurrence of delirium is during a hospital stay. Individuals who already have dementia are more likely to struggle with delirium.
Many people wonder what can be done to prevent memory loss. Researchers and scientists continue to study potential ways to prevent cognitive decline. Following a healthy lifestyle can help to prevent many other chronic conditions in addition to promoting good brain health.
There are many different types of in-home support that an individual with memory loss can receive. One type of care is in-home personal care. This care can be provided through an agency or by hiring an individual by private pay.
Biomarkers could help us detect diseases like Alzheimer’s and other dementias before symptoms are present.
Contributed by: Cassie Caple, LLMSW Contract Administrator at the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan Coordinator of the Kent County Elder Abuse Coalition
As a caregiver, it can be easy to forget to take care of yourself. However, it is important to stay healthy and practice good self-care habits since caregiving can be draining on your mental and physical well-being.
People with dementia are facing multiple risks right now when it comes to COVID-19 and the physical isolation that everyone is experiencing. Not only are they in the high-risk group when it comes to suffering caused by the virus, they are also more likely to experience worsening physical and emotional health as a result of being isolated. Self-isolation and social distancing has changed the lives of many people with dementia.
Alzheimer's Disease is characterized by three main stages. These include early stage (mild), middle-stage (moderate), and late-stage (severe). Before signs of Alzheimer's Disease start, changes in the brain are already occurring.
Cindy Busscher is a discharge planner on the older adult unit at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services.