Dr. Elena Schjavland, PhD CT-APRN
Adult and Geriatric Board Certified Nurse Practitioner
Critical Care, Dementia and Behavioral Health Expert
Certified Neurological Nurse
About Us, and Keys2Memory®
Memory loss and "brain fog" may be caused by health problems like:
vitamin deficiencies, thyroid disease, poor sleep, stress-anxiety-depression, chemotherapy, menopause, chronic pain and fibromyalgia, head injuries and many others! These problems can be treated, which then improves memory, decision making and thinking.
But irreversible dementia is a term describing a cluster of diseases that are progressive and terminal. These diseases advance slowly and cause multi-system disabilities. There is no cure for dementia. The most common type of dementia is Alzheimer's disease. Chronic diseases like high blood pressure and Diabetes cause Vascular Dementia. Parkinson's also has a related dementia. Dementia always progresses through mild, moderate and severe stages.
Keys2Memory is striving to bridge a gap in care, so we can be there to listen to your issues and keep your family healthcare provider informed. We practice in Mystic-Groton-Stonington and New London County areas of Southeast Connecticut, and other areas under special circumstances.
A house call strategy allows a comfortable setting where patients perform their best, home safety can be evaluated, trust initiated, and a personalized care plan is devised. Office visits are also available. Our care model empowers you to learn, adapt and self-manage in a setting of privacy and partnership.
Retired Commander, US Navy Nurse Corps
Most recent Nurse Practitioner positions:
-Hartford Hospital's Trauma and Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit,
-Yale's Medical Intensive Care Unit,
-Multiple Connecticut assisted living, residential and acute care nursing facilities,
-Interventionist and consultant for the Proactive Memory Care Project, ,and the 3-D (Depression, Delirium & Dementia) Project; both research studies at UConn Farmington, Center on Aging.
PhD Doctoral Research at the University of Connecticut.
- Focus: Neurocognitive disease and neuropsychiatric testing; early diagnosis and personalized health care for persons with dementia and family - caregivers.
- Program of Research: diagnosis & evaluation of Baby Boomers with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI); treatment of mild-moderate and young onset dementia living in the community; the meaning of dementia symptoms to the caregiver; pre and post-dementia disease spouse and caregiver relationship closeness; behaviors and neuropsychiatric symptoms of dementia; co-occurring geriatric syndromes; grief and Chronic Sorrow Theory; family centered models of care for clients with dementia; and advanced technology/computerized testing for cognition.
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