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.
Is there a pill you can take to help your brain stay healthy and your memory stay sharp?
Home-bound older adults or those with limited support from family or friends may struggle with loneliness. However, there are many services in the West Michigan area that provide companionship and social connections.
Friendship and social interaction are an important aspect in every human being’s life, no matter the age. Dementia can be very socially isolating, so it is especially important to maintain a support system to prevent loneliness.
Public health has much to contribute to the fight against dementia. This article summarizes the strategies outlined by the CDC and Alzheimer’s Association designed to address dementia from a public health perspective.