The Memory Disorders Center provides evaluation and treatment for Alzheimer's disease and other age-related neurological conditions that affect memory. An integrated multidisciplinary approach is provided by experts in neurology, neuropsychology, neuroimaging, geriatric nursing and cognitive rehabilitation.
Any adult who is experiencing memory difficulties may be eligible for care. Among the conditions treated are:
Mild cognitive impairment
Vascular (stroke-related) dementia
Lewy body disease
Fronto-temporal lobar degeneration
Primary progressive aphasia
Traumatic brain injury
Dementia associated with Parkinsonism
Memory impairment secondary to sleep disorders
Dementia in mentally retarded adults
Behavioral neurologists in the Memory Disorders Clinic provide neurological examinations, coordinate and interpret laboratory tests and oversee pharmacological treatment.
All patients are provided with comprehensive neuropsychology evaluations of memory and other cognitive abilities, emotion and behavior. These evaluations are an important component of the diagnostic process and allow quantified evaluation of functional abilities.
Neuroimaging: UI Hospitals and Clinics is equipped with state-of-the-art imaging facilities for non-invasive viewing of the brain. These tools are used in diagnosis and research to provide detailed pictures of brain structure and function, while maintaining patient comfort and safety.
Behavioral management: Experts in neuropsychological rehabilitation, geriatric nursing and rehabilitation counseling provide patients and their families with guidance in managing the cognitive, emotional and behavioral changes associated with aging and dementia.
The Memory Disorders Clinic maintains a registry for research studies involving memory disorders and other cognitive changes that often occur with aging. The purpose is to maintain a current listing of older persons who may be willing to participate in studies designed to learn more about memory disorders associated with aging.
Investigators in the Memory Disorders Clinic maintain an active program of research aimed at improving driving safety in persons with neurological impairments.
One purpose of the Memory Disorders Clinic is to investigate new pharmacological and behavioral interventions for persons with memory disorders. At any time, there may be one or more ongoing clinical trials of experimental treatments.