Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease

Dementia: Insights MagazineDementia is a broad term for any medical condition that causes memory problems and problems with at least one other brain function, such as speech, concentration, or more complex thinking involving problem solving, planning, and organization.  Two of the most widespread forms of dementia are Alzheimer’s disease, which accounts for 60 percent of those with dementia, and vascular dementia which accounts for 20 percent.  In 2013, 5.2 million in the U.S. were estimated to have Alzheimer’s, and this number is expected to rise to 7.1 million by 2025.

Although there are many exciting treatment possibilities being studied, there is not currently any way to stop or reverse the symptoms in most types of dementia.  But because some dementias can be the result of reversible medical conditions, the first phone call should always be to one’s primary care physician to discuss the symptoms.    

Though there is no cure, there is current treatment with a medication that helps injured brain cells work more efficiently, and there is a second kind of medication generally administered later in the process that can keep some healthy brain cells from dying.  Because treatments are most effective when started early, it’s critical to get an early diagnosis. 

We’ve gathered the following information and resources on dementia and Alzheimer’s disease to help you learn more and find the support and care that you or a loved one needs.

Articles from Dementia, Insights Magazine

What is Dementia

Dementia Causes

Early Signs of Dementia

Treating Dementia

Dementia & Challenging Behaviors

Tips for Caregivers

Reducing Dementia Risk

Dementia & the Faith Memory

Insights: Dementia (pdf)


Articles & Blogs on Dementia

The 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease*

The Person with Dementia: What's Behind the Behavior? Susan Koons, MSN, RN, CNL

Early Dementia Detection is Crucial to Treatment, Scott Halstead, PhD

Aging is the Leading Risk Factor for Onset of Alzheimer's Disease, MD


Dementia Videos*

Dispelling Myths about Alzheimer's and Dementia, Scott Halstead, PhD

Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease, Scott Halstead, PhD and Jack Mahdasian, MD

Alzheimer's Disease Causes and Risk Factors, Jack Mahdasian, MD

Dementia Warning Signs, Scott Halstead, PhD

Stages of Alzheimer's Disease, Scott Halstead, PhD

Treating Alzheimer's Disease, Jack Mahdasian, MD

Older Adult Services at Pine Rest, Jack Mahdasian, MD

Dedication of the Van Andel - Cook Center for Dementia & Geriatric Behavioral Health

2013 Alzheimer’s Facts and Figures


Pine Rest Services for Dementia 

Senior Services

Counseling/Outpatient Services 866/852-4001

Neuropsychological Testing 866/852-4001

Older Adult Inpatient (Hospitalization) 616/455-9200 or 800/678-5500

Inpatient Psychiatric Medical Unit at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s 616/685-6230 or 616/685-6611

Elderly Case Management 616/258-7599


Community Partnerships for Dementia and Older Adult Issues*

  • Caregiver Resource Network. A collaboration of West Michigan organizations dedicated to providing for the needs and welfare of family and professional caregivers within the community. See web-site:
  • Memory Screening Day. Held annually each fall. Contact: 616/222-4500

Additional Resources for Dementia*

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