In the Memory Disorder Clinic, a team of doctors trained in brain and nervous system conditions (neurologists) and other specialties evaluates your condition and coordinates your care.
In the Memory Disorder Clinic, your doctor will conduct a physical and neurological examination. Your doctor will check for signs of conditions that may impair your memory and thinking skills. You and your family members will discuss your symptoms and medical history with your doctor.
Your doctor will ask you several questions and conduct tests to assess your memory and thinking abilities (cognitive skills). Your doctor may also order several tests to exclude conditions that may be causing your symptoms.
Tests may include:
- Mental status and neuropsychological tests
- Blood tests
- Computerized tomography (CT scan)
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- Positron emission tomography (PET) or single-photon emission computerized tomography (SPECT)
After you complete your evaluation, you'll meet with your doctor to discuss your results. Your doctor will work with you to develop a treatment plan to help you manage your condition. You and your family also may meet with a counselor to discuss additional questions and to review your doctor's recommendations.
Your doctor will work with your primary doctor to coordinate your follow-up care. You and your family will have the opportunity to attend training and educational programs about memory disorders. You and your family may benefit from participating in facilitated support groups for people with memory disorders and their families.