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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

10 Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease

Published in Senior Services, Neurology Author: Kathleen Rieke,MD

Your older loved one’s memory might not be as good as it used to be, but does that mean that he or she has a problem? Not necessarily. It’s normal for one’s brain to change as you age.

As one gets older you may:

  • Make a bad decision once in a while
  • Miss a monthly payment
  • Forget which day it is and remember later
  • Forget which word to use
  • Lose things from time to time

Memory loss that disrupts daily routine is not normal. Dementia is a slow decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills. The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease, a fatal disorder that results in the loss of brain cells and function.

Your family member may have memory loss issues if he or she:

  1. Forgets recently learned information, important dates or events (asks for the same information repeatedly or heavily relies on memory aids)
  2. Has difficulty developing and following a plan (can’t make a familiar recipe or keep track of monthly bills)
  3. Struggles to complete familiar tasks (driving to a routine location or playing a favorite game)
  4. Loses track of the passage of time (where you are or how you got there)
  5. Misjudges distance, colors or contrast (struggles to read)
  6. Can’t follow or join conversations (repeats yourself or struggles with words)
  7. Misplaces things and can’t retrace your steps (accuses others of stealing)
  8. Frequently makes bad decisions (gives money to telemarketers or neglects daily grooming)
  9. Withdraws from social activities (stops doing hobbies or interacting with others)
  10. Shows mood and personality changes (becomes easily upset, confused, suspicious or anxious)

If you have concerns about your loved one’s memory, talk to his or her health care provider. If are looking for a health care provider, you can view a list of CentraCare providers currently accepting new patients. View the list and make an appointment today.