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WHAT IS DEMENTIA? By: Sherii Sherban, Publisher
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.
Dementia is not a specific disease but rather it describes a group of symptoms that may accompany certain diseases
or conditions. 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 most common type of dementia
is Alzheimer’s disease, which comprises 60-80% of cases. The person with Alzheimer’s disease 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 such as cooking, driving, money management, or more basic daily activities like dressing and hygiene. Ultimately, 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 that may prevent or slow
the progression of the disease.
The person with Alzheimer’s disease may also have difficulty remembering recent conversations, names or events. This is often an early indicator along
with apathy and depression. As the disease progresses communication may become impaired, poor judgment may be exhibited, along with disorientation, confusion,
behavior changes, and difficulty walking, speaking or swallowing. It has been shown that the disease begins to develop years before others recognize symptoms. More information is available at
The second most common type of dementia is vascular dementia, which occurs after a stroke. It accounts for nearly 10 percent of the dementia cases. This type of dementia occurs because of
a blood vessel blockage or damage that leads to a stroke or bleeding in the brain. The amount of damage determines how
the individual’s physical functioning or thinking may be affected. Initial symptoms appear more abruptly and become more noticeable in a short period of time. Vascular dementia is more common in
men than women and may include impaired judgment or ability to make decisions, plan, or organize, rather than memory loss. More information is available at
Pathologic evidence shows that the brain changes of several types of dementia can be present simultaneously. When
any two or more types of dementia are present at the same time, the individual
is considered to have “mixed dementia.”
Lewy Body dementia is characterized
by fluctuations in alertness and attention, recurrent visual hallucinations, and Parkinsonian motor symptoms like rigidity and the loss of spontaneous movement
as well as a shuffling gait and tremors.
In this disorder, cognitive problems such
as hallucinations tend to occur much
earlier in the course of the disease and
often precede the difficulties with walking and motor control. Lewy Body dementia can also exhibit as thinking problems as
well as memory loss. It can be confused
with Parkinson’s disease. More information is available on Lewy Body dementia at For more details about Parkinson’s disease please turn to page 12.
There is a relationship between Parkinson’s disease and dementia. Dementia is a less common feature of Parkinson’s disease. A number of people with Parkinson’s disease will develop Parkinson’s disease dementia, but not all. For those patients with Parkinson’s disease who go on to develop dementia, there can be a 10- to 15-year lag time between their Parkinson’s diagnosis
and the onset of dementia according
to Parkinson’s disease dementia is different from a similar disorder, known as Lewy Body dementia (or dementia with Lewy Bodies).
Frontal Lobe dementia is sometimes called Pick’s disease, aphasia, or Frontotemporal dementia. It is marked by changes in personality or behavior
such as a lack of inhibition, aggressiveness, apathy, loss of empathy, etc. Changes in judgment are subtle at first but can become disabling as the disease progresses. One third of those with this type of dementia have a family history of dementia related disorders. Symptoms may start as early as one’s 40’s and is more common in women. For more details visit
Please note that this article only addresses the more common types of dementia.
Miles for Memories is working hard in Calhoun County to provide program for the person with dementia and their caregivers. Our signature event to raise awareness and funds for programs will be September 16 in downtown Battle Creek. Visit us at www. to find out more. Come and join us!
Hastings Woodland
Union City
Albion Battle Creek Battle Creek Battle Creek Marshall Tekonsha
Jackson Michigan Center Spring Arbor
COA Building Eagles Club
Mary Cook Joyce Dennie
(269) 948-4856 M-F (269) 367-4041 M,W,F
10am-2pm 10:30am-1pm
Faith United Methodist
Elayne Nottingham
(269) 623-5400
Main St. Banqets
Jenny Burlison
(269) 852-9182
Meals provided by Barry County Commission on Aging. A program sponsored by Barry County United Way.
Branch County CAA Office
Tamara Wittbrodt
(517) 278-8249
Lunch Served at 12pm
Union City Fire Station Rusty Hampton (517) 741-7212 M,T,TH,F 10:30am-12pm
Lunch served at 12pm
Meals provided by Community Action Food and Nutritional Services. Funding sources AAA 3C, Branch County United Way, USDA and private donations.
Albion Senior Dining Center
Cynthia Rose
(866) 200-8877 ext 350
Lunch served at 12pm
Clarence Dining Center
Cherryhill Manor Senior Center Springview Towers Dining Center Northside Senior Dining Center Heritage Commons
Tekonsha Community Hall
Sharon Rice Constance Siegel Caroline Oberlin Deboraha Sallee
Senior Health Partners
(866) 200-8877 (866) 200-8877 (866) 200-8877 (866) 200-8877 (269) 558-6150
(866) 200-8877
ext 350 ext 350 ext 350 ext 350
ext 350
M,T,W M,W,F M,W,F T,W,Th T, Th
10:30am-1pm 10:30am-1pm 10:30am-1pm 10:30am-1pm 12-1pm
Lunch served at 11:45am Lunch served at 11:30am Lunch served at 11:30am Lunch served at 11:30am Can have a hot or cold meal Whole Person Wellness too
Park Forest
St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church
Spring Arbor Senior Center
To have your senior dining center added, Call Sherii at (269) 979-1412 ext. 302 or Email:
Battle Creek
Bedford Manor Dining Center
Burdell Wells
(866) 200-8877 ext 350
Lunch served at 11:30am
Battle Creek
Lakeview 900 Dining Center
Karl Hoard
(866) 200-8877 ext 350
Lunch served at 11:30am
Battle Creek
Westbrook Place Dining Center
Michelle Dove
(866) 200-8877 ext 350
Lunch served at 11:30am
Homer Presbyterian Church
Senior Health Partners
(866) 200-8877 ext 350
Whole Person Wellness too
Marshall House Dining Center
Bablynn Squires
(866) 200-8877 ext 350
Lunch served at 12pm
Meals provided by Senior Services. Funding by Calhoun County Senior Services, AAA 3B, USDA and private donations.
Crouch Senior Center
Michelle Rose
(517) 788-4364
Lunch served at 12pm
Lynn Walker Nikki Soli Bev Greene
(517) 787-9750 (517) 764-2950 (517) 750-1010
M,T,W,Th,F M,W,F M,T,W,Th,F
10am-1pm 10am-2pm 8:30am-2:30pm
Lunch served at 12pm Lunch served at 12pm Lunch served at 12pm
Word of Light
Nancy Behling
(517) 782-7755
Lunch served at 12pm
Norvell/Township Hall
Gail Jamieson
(517) 536-4370
Lunch served at 12pm

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