Stem Cell – Dementia Treatment

Angie Szumlinski News

Dementia can arise from multiple conditions, and it is characterized by an array of symptoms including problems with memory, attention, communication, and physical coordination. The two most common causes of dementia are Alzheimer’s disease and white matter strokes, which are small strokes that accumulate in the connecting areas of the brain. “It’s a vicious cycle: the two leading causes of …

Dementia Increased Risk of COVID-19

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An estimated 5.8 million Americans age 65 and older and 50 million people worldwide are living with Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias. Strong risk factors for cognitive decline and dementia include cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, obesity, and hypertension. Many of these common comorbidities in patients with dementia are also demonstrated risk factors for COVID-19 and are associated with worse clinical outcomes. …

Comprehensive Care for Alzheimer’s Act

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More than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia and the “Comprehensive Care for Alzheimer’s Act” would help the 95% of individuals with dementia that have one or more other chronic conditions, such as hypertension, heart disease and diabetes. The bipartisan bill is expected to reduce medical complications for these patients by creating a …

Eye Watching

Glaucoma and Cognitive Impairment

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In a recent article published in the British Journal of Opthalmology, research suggests an association between normal-tension glaucoma (NTG) and dementia. They cited a study that investigated whether cognitive impairment is more strongly associated with NTG than high tension glaucoma (HTG) using cognitive screening within an Australian Glaucoma Disease Registry. There were 290 participants in the study who completed cognitive …

Dementia – COVID-19 – Risk

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and rapidly escalated into a global pandemic. Severe illness of COVID-19 predominantly occurs in older people and in individuals with underlying medical comorbidities. Dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a common cause of morbidity and mortality in the aging population. The majority of people living with …

Loss of Smell? Is it Dementia?

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

Recent research has linked impaired senses to Dementia, especially the sense of smell. Does this mean if you have lost your sense of smell you have Dementia? Probably not, however, it can be an early sign. Patients participated in a study where they underwent hearing tests (with no hearing aids), vision tests with contrast (eyeglasses were permitted), vibration testing in …

Connecting Through the Mask

Angie Szumlinski Health

Living in the year of a pandemic has changed the way staff work with our residents. Although PPE such as face masks/shields, gowns, and gloves are essential in lessening the potential spread of COVID-19, it can leave residents and staff feeling “empty”. Many residents have voiced being lonely, sad, depressed, anxious, imprisoned, and disconnected from their loved ones. Staff have …

Cognitive Screening

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There are a number of cognitive screening assessments that are used to assist in diagnosing early Dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, etc. These are quick screens and consist of tasks such as listing objects, recalling items that were provided at the beginning of the assessment, naming the current President, etc. Although there are inconsistencies in outcomes with these types of assessments as …

More Pearls of Wisdom – Teepa Snow

Angie Szumlinski Health

People living with Dementia experience changes in their ability to comprehend and process language. Dementia may also interfere with how they understand words; which can pose challenges with daily activities and accepting assistance with routine. Comprehension versus Hearing Loss As seniors age, many times they experience a decrease in their ability to hear spoken words. This can lead to the …