Memory loss, confusion, misplacing things – these are all familiar symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. However, there is actually a more common sign that often goes undetected: apathy.
The national Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute has awarded the UConn Center on Aging and the School of Medicine at UConn Health more than $6 million in research funding to study cognitively vulnerable older adults living in their own home who have one or more of the ‘3Ds’: dementia, depression, or delirium.
The study is a collaboration among the UConn Center on Aging and the Department of Psychiatry at UConn Health, the University of Connecticut, and community partners including ConnectiCare Inc., and the Connecticut chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.
There are many misconceptions about Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia. UConn Today asked Dr. Kristina Zdanys, geriatric psychiatrist at UConn Health, to set the record straight. Zdanys, whose special interests include later-life mental health problems including cognitive and mood disorders, also discusses the latest treatment options for this devastating disease, and the growing incidence of “caregiver burnout.”
Some celebrity docs have made claims that dietary and other lifestyle changes can be preventive or a “cure” for Alzheimer’s disease. As we observe Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, it’s important to set the record straight about the most common misconceptions. During an interview on NBC Connecticut, Dr. Kristina Zdanys, a geriatric psychiatrist at UConn Health, talks about the real risks and the latest research and treatments into this debilitating disease. Aired November 10, 2014
A few years after Stephen Sonnone took on the daily task of caring for his mother, whose mind was steeply declining due to Alzheimer’s disease, he suffered from pancreatitis.
He attributes it to his role as his mother’s primary caregiver.
Dr. David C. Steffens, chair of the psychiatry department at the University of Connecticut, said it’s not just the amount of care that Alzheimer’s patients need but the nature of the disease itself that brings so much stress to caregivers.