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Using the latest diagnostics and the most recent advances in treatment in the field of Alzheimer's disease and dementia, the Memory Clinic can provide patients and families with a thorough assessment, an accurate diagnosis, treatment, and referral to additional needed services.
WHO CAN BENEFIT?
Adults with memory loss and related depression and/or behavioral problems
Families and caregivers of individuals with memory loss or dementia
THE INITIAL VISIT
Prior to your clinic visit: In order to provide you with the most thorough assessment possible, we ask that you arrange to send us the reports of any neuropsychological testing and/or neuroimaging you have had done previously, as well as current medical records including details regarding your medications and any recent lab or other imaging reports. Once we have received the relevant medical records, your appointment will be scheduled.
During the visit to the Memory Clinic, the patient and the family are both interviewed. A family history as well as a full history of the patient that includes his or her lifestyle, personality and work habits are obtained. Additionally, a detailed history of the presenting symptoms is taken, and the patient's medical history, medications, symptoms and behavior are reviewed. An examination of the patient's mental status and neurological function is conducted by one of the physicians. This visit typically lasts one to two hours.
The initial assessment may lead to a recommendation for additional tests in order to determine the patient's diagnosis. These may include
- Specialized brain imaging studies
- Blood and other laboratory tests
- Other physician consultations
- Functional, safety and driving assessment
Assistance is provided in arranging for these tests.
At the follow-up visit, the doctors and other team members explain the results of the initial assessment and any additional tests that are recommended. The following issues are reviewed during this visit:
- The patient's diagnosis and prognosis
- Recommendations for current treatment
- Coordination of follow-up care in collaboration with the primary care physician
- Recommendations regarding long-term treatment and care
- Referrals to community agencies and other appropriate resources
Subsequent visits are scheduled as needed to monitor the patient's condition and treatment and address the family's concerns in collaboration with the patient's primary care physician.
- Functioning/home safety assessments
- Driving evaluation
- Specialty hospitalization
- Neuropsychological testing