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A continually growing long-term care need impacts the person with dementia. We have many facilities in south central Michigan that provide specialized care for the person living with a range of cognitive challenges. The lists on pages 18-22 identify area facilities.
Dementia is not a specific disease but rather it describes a group of symptoms that may accompany certain diseases or conditions.
Dementia is a general term that indicates a loss of memory and other mental abilities severe enough to interfere with activities of daily living. It is caused by physical changes in the brain that may result from a variety of different causes. More than 100 different types of dementia have been identified.
Dementia is not a normal part of aging. Sometimes dementia symptoms are reversible, especially when they are caused by conditions resulting from depression, vitamin deficiencies, thyroid problems, medications, infection, loss of oxygen to the brain, traumatic brain injury, and more.
If you recognize moments where your memory seems challenged, an evaluation is the best first option. The sooner you can identify the cause of the symptoms, the sooner
you can start feeling better. Or pos- sibly, identify ways to slow down the progression.
Your doctor may refer you to a neurologist who will probably perform an extensive interview. The neurologist may also question someone close to you about any recent changes in your memory, behavior, and personality. Questions may also be asked about your medical history, medications you take, and any history of stroke, head trauma, depression, alcohol abuse, or oth- er possible neurological disorders. These things can all affect memory and may cause symptoms similar to mild cognitive impairment (MCI).
Your neurologist may also perform one or more of the following medical tests:
• Mini mental status examination – Your
doctor may conduct other interviews and tests to assess your level of cognitive function. The tests may evaluate learning, attention, language, memory recall, and ability to reason.
• Neuroimaging – These may include a magnetic resonance imaging scan (MRI), a computerized tomography scan (CAT or SPECT), or a newer PET scan. Moreover, scans to look for specific Alzheimer’s changes, such as amyloid plaque, are
becoming more readily available. Scans
may allow your doctor to evaluate important areas and identify any abnormalities that may be present in your brain. Your doctor may repeat the scan at a later time for comparison purposes.
• Neuropsychological testing – An exam- ination may be conducted in order to identify patterns of cognitive function. The tests will evaluate your memory, language, attention, and problem-solving abilities. The results will be compared to those from people of similar age and education levels.
• Additional tests – may be performed to rule out other causes for your condition and to help obtain a better overall assessment.
It is extremely important to diagnose dementia at the beginning stages because the treatments currently available work best when an early diagnosis is made.
The most common type of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease, which is characterized by a loss of function and death of nerve cells in several areas of the brain. This loss of function leads to a loss of independence as it relates to activities of daily living. It can lead to the loss of mental functions, such as memory and learning. There is no known cure but there is increasing evidence that they are things that we can do
                                                             AT CALHOUN COUNTY MEDICAL CARE FACILITY
OUR GOAL is to provide purposeful living solutions to persons who need assistance. The need may be long-term or short-term, medical care or day care.
Whatever the need, we can help.
• Long-term Skilled Nursing Home.
• 24-hour professional service to
our residents.
• Short-term stays with rehab to
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Full Service Beauty Shop, Podiatry, and Dental services.
Resident driven services. Activities, Music and Outings.
Eden Alternative® Registered Community.
home. •
• Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy Services.
 1150 E. Michigan Avenue, Battle Creek, MI 49014 (269) 962-1750
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Assisted Living
A senior living community in Bellevue, MI
(10 minutes north of Battle Creek, just off North Ave.)
that offers assisted living, alzheimer’s care, continuing care, respite care, dementia care and hospice care.
Caring For Your Family Like Ours
Private Rooms
24-Hour Staffing & Security
Health Care Monitoring & Personal Care Assistance Three (3) Nutritious Meals Per Day (made from scratch) Weekly Housekeeping & Laundry
Flat Linen Service
(bed linens for a single bed, along with bath towels) All Utilities (except telephone)
4825 Fruin Road | Bellevue, MI 49021 (269) 758-3388

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