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CONNECTIONS Newsletter - March 2021

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Covid and Cognition

As we continue to navigate the challenges of the global pandemic, we are learning more about the impact covid-19 has on thinking and behavior, for some long after they’ve recovered. While many recover completely without residual symptoms of confusion, fatigue, and weakness, many severely affected report ongoing symptoms, as well as anxiety, depression, and inability to sustain attention. There are many theories as to why some have residual cognitive changes, including inflammatory response and damage to cells in the brain and the body.

To address these changes, healthcare providers in Door County Medical Center’s Memory Clinic utilize a multidisciplinary approach to improved cognition. The multidisciplinary team, which may include Rehabilitative specialties, Behavioral Health, or Care Management, structures a return to routine function through individualized cognitive exercises, adaptations to daily activities, processing thoughts and goal setting, and guidance in complex care needs including chronic medical conditions. You can learn more about the Memory Clinic and Door County Medical Center’s Memory Clinic and Rehabilitative specialties at dcmedical.org/medical-services.


Dementia and the Vaccine

There are numerous reasons to consider vaccination for a loved one with dementia, including the challenges of following the guidelines of mask wearing and social distancing because of cognitive impairment. On January 25th Dr Anthony Fauci answered questions concerning how the covid vaccine might impact individuals with dementia. Dr Fauci talked about immune response, inflammation, and whether there are extra risk factors related to taking the covid vaccine. See the full interview here: https://youtu.be/0wlQZG7ZXlQ.

Door County Medical Center is currently offering vaccination to anyone 65 and older. To schedule and appointment, or to learn the latest research and information about the vaccine, go to: dcmedical.org


Caregivers in Isolation

Many caregivers could identify as different people just a year ago. Friends, family, or respite caregivers offered time to recharge. Loved ones were managing well with daily routines and outings. Isolation was avoidable, with community-based opportunities such as day programs, group gatherings, and recreational events to attend. Zoom was a virtual connector, but not a household name. Fast forward to today, caregivers have had to increase their ability to provide support, abandon their routines, and made very hard decisions, now more than ever, in isolation. Caregiving is lonely enough, with the inevitable perception that no one could possibly understand the hurdles that are being faced. What is a caregiver to do?

Below you will find just a few opportunities that have evolved on a virtual or telephone format, and many that are geared up to meet in person. Door County Medical Center also offers. You can also call (920) 746-3504 to speak with Door County Medical Center’s Outreach Specialist, Christy Wisniewski, if you need to weed through these complicated times in order to know what you need and how to access it. We’re in this together.


Save the Date!

We will be offering the following workshops In-Person, continuing to adhere to CDC recommended guidelines for safe participation.

Powerful Tools for Caregivers
Mondays, May 24th-June 28th
9:30-11:30, ADRC of Sturgeon Bay

MIND Brain Enhancement
Tuesdays, May 25th-June 29th
1:00-2:30, Door County YMCA Sturgeon Bay

Living Well with Chronic Conditions
Mondays, July 12th – Aug 16th
9:30-11:00, ADRC of Door County

Go to dcmedical.org/classes-and-events to sign up, or call Christy Wisniewski: (920) 746-3504

Opportunities to try NOW

These Virtual Opportunities are also available and recommended by Memory Care Services:

Wisconsin Healthy Aging Workshops:
Virtual offerings available to anyone statewide, including Powerful Tools for Caregivers and Living Well with Chronic Conditions
wihealthyaging.org/workshops

Alzheimer’s Association TeleSupport
Large variety of support opportunities accessible by phone or digital device
www.alz.org/wi

Door County Caregiver Connection
ADRC of Door County Facebook page with resources and opportunities for Caregivers

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Interested in receiving our CONNECTIONS newsletter brought to you by the staff of our Memory Care Services? E-mail Christy Wisniewski or give her a call at (920) 746-3504 and ask to be added to our newsletter list.

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