In Michigan, 240,000 persons have dementia, an impairment in thinking abilities that persists long enough and is severe enough to interfere with daily functions. Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia in the elderly. Other diseases that cause dementia include Lewy Body disease, vascular disease, Parkinson's disease and Huntington's disease.
The Michigan Department of Health & Human Services supports the Michigan Dementia Plan . The plan was last updated in 2009 by the Michigan Dementia Coalition; a coalition of community agencies, universities, dementia caregivers and units of the state government concerned about dementing illnesses. For further information on the Michigan Dementia Plan, please contact Aging & adult Services.
A Michigan Dementia Plan guides MDCH and the Michigan Dementia Coalition in its efforts to reduce the burden of dementia in Michigan. The Plan can be viewed as a comprehensive document or as a summary.
Call (800) 272-3900 or visit the website of the Michigan Dementia Coalition for more information.
Caring Sheets provide throughts and suggestions to assist when caring for someone with symptoms of dementia and related brain information.
Alzheimer's Association webpage
Know the 10 Signs awareness campaign
CDC general health information for older adults
Medicare Annual Wellness Visits
Lewy Body Dementia Association, Inc.
Michigan Alzheimer's Disease Research Center
Michigan Parkinson Foundation