MEMORY DISORDER CLINIC
The Memory Disorder Clinic at Medical Center Clinic provides comprehensive evaluation for patients concerned about memory disorders and dementia.
People with dementia suffer from memory problems, confusion, word finding, and difficulty in carrying out their normal everyday activities.
Some of the warning signs of dementia include the following:
• Having trouble preparing familiar meals
• Forgetting recent events or conversations
• Getting lost driving or while taking a walk
• Wearing the same clothes day after day
About Alzheimer’s Disease
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia and the fourth leading cause of death after heart disease, cancer, and stroke. It occurs in 5 to 7 percent of the population over 65 and in up to half the population over 85. It affects people of every ethnic, social, and economic group. People with Alzheimer’s disease or other kinds of dementia always experience memory loss and confusion and may experience disorientation, hallucinations, delusions, mood swings, wandering, and combativeness. Many illnesses and conditions can cause these symptoms, and some are treatable. If someone you love is experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important that they receive proper diagnosis and treatment.
About the Memory Disorder Clinic
Our board-certified neurologist, Ethan Gore, MD, leads a dynamic team of specialists in providing a continuum of care, including initial evaluations of memory problems, diagnosis, ongoing treatment, medication management, and research of dementia and psychiatric illnesses in older adults.
Our team is specialized in diagnosing rare dementias and managing problem behaviors such as hallucinations, delusions, wandering, mood swings, sundowning, and combativeness.
The Memory Disorder Clinic may be beneficial to people with one or more of the following conditions:
o Change in thinking ability, judgment, or concentration
o Difficulty with speech, reading, writing, or other daily tasks
o Memory loss
o Personality changes
Our multidisciplinary staff members are dedicated to providing the most advanced treatment and highest quality of care for people with memory loss and their families.
Initial diagnostic evaluation includes the following:
• Psychosocial assessment
• Neuropsychological testing
• Psychological assessment
• Review of medical history, labs, blood tests, and imaging
• Feedback session to discuss results with patient and family
Ongoing treatment includes the following:
• Develop an individualized treatment plan
• Explain management and communication techniques
• Prescribe medications (where applicable)
• Refer to community services
Our team will make referrals and will direct patients and families to community resources: psychiatric evaluation, day care, benefit programs, family support services, crisis management, psychoeducation, and general and specialized support groups. Assistance with legal, financial, and long-term care planning is available.
The Memory Disorder Clinic at Medical Center Clinic is designed to provide patients and families with convenient and carefully coordinated access to the appropriate medical expertise and diagnostic services.
The diagnosis of dementia has a profound impact on the family; therefore, we focus as much attention on caregivers as we do on patients. At each appointment, we discuss the results of our assessment of the patient and explain how those results will affect the caregiver.
Patients may contact the clinic directly or arrange a referral through a personal physician.