Calls have poured in this year to the Memory Clinic at the Door County Medical Center over concerns related to an elderly family member and forgetfulness. Geriatric Outreach Specialist Cristy Wisniewski says it is important to consider the effects of stress on the brain. Thankfully, after a thorough examination, most referrals have checked out just fine. Wisniewski will be presenting on the impact of isolation and changes in routine Wednesday during the Door County YMCA's Virtual Community Healthy Living Fair.
Wisniewski says stimulation is vitally important for those suffering from memory loss. Before COVID-19, the recommendation was to ramp up exposure for those with early-onset symptoms of dementia or Alzheimer's. Virtual options can replace social interaction for some, but not all.
Wisniewski hopes to restart memory cafes in the coming months in an online setting.
*Photo of Memory Clinic staff courtesy of the Door County Medical Center Facebook page.