I can see he cares. When I go to appointments with my mom he always asks how I’m doing too.

Timothy Mihelich, Family Member

A Journey Together

When Timothy Mihelich’s mom, Esther, was in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, he took her to an appointment with Dr. Nadeem Mirza, medical director for Bronson Neurobehavioral Health. Timothy quickly saw the compassion Dr. Mirza has not just for his patients, but for their caregivers too. “I can see he cares. When I go to appointments with my mom he always asks how I’m doing too,” says Timothy.

As it became evident Esther’s disease was progressing, she spent three weeks at Bronson LakeView Neurobehavioral Health Inpatient Unit for medical and neurological evaluation. The team there not only determines the best treatment for patients, but they also look out for their family members. “We provide unique services to patients and families,” says Dr. Mirza. “The patient is identified as having the disease, yet the whole family suffers from it.” In 2015, the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Fund was created through the Foundation to help enhance resources and education for families like the Mihelichs and to support dementia research.

Eight years after their first meeting, Timothy still brings his mom to see Dr. Mirza for her appointments. He says Dr. Mirza’s concern has never wavered. “I usually don’t want to be around doctors, but I look forward to seeing Dr. Mirza,” says Timothy. “Sometimes as a caregiver of someone with dementia, you can feel all alone. Dr. Mirza understands that.”

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