Diagnosis and Treatment

We strive to help our patients and caregivers manage their problems so as to maintain the highest possible quality of life.

The Memory Program offers a full array of clinical services to help people with memory disorders, including the following:

  • Comprehensive medical and neurological evaluations and examinations
  • Advanced brain imaging technology
  • Neuropsychological diagnostic testing
  • Appropriate medication therapy tailored to the individuals need
  • Nutritional and dietary support
  • Access to the latest research programs in the country

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cause of memory loss?
New memories form in the area of the brain known as the hippocampus. Most memory diseases begin in this area. As time goes on, dementia diseases spread throughout the brain and affect more brain functions like orientation, understanding, learning and thinking.

What is cognition?
It is the mental process of acquiring knowledge and understanding. Cognition requires the use of working memory. Working memory is that system that briefly stores and uses information to gain knowledge and understanding. If short term memory is impaired then cognition can also become impaired.

What is mild cognitive impairment?
Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is a condition where there is a decline in memory but not in other cognitive abilities. There is no significant impact on daily life. It often goes unnoticed by the individual experiencing it but, a person with MCI remains at a greater risk of progressing on to dementia.

What is dementia?
Dementia is the term used to describe the many symptoms associated with declining cognitive ability especially if it is severe enough to interfere with independent functioning and lifestyle. It means there is serious mental decline in an individual, often caused by brain disease or injury. Memory loss is one symptom of dementia, while Alzheimer’s Disease is one of several types of dementia.

What is Alzheimer’s Disease?
Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is the most common type of dementia. It causes a decline in cognitive abilities, and will eventually affect an individual’s memory, thinking, awareness, and behavior. This is a progressive disease that starts slowly and eventually causes a significant decline of higher mental processes and an individuals ability to function independently. Most cases of AD begin people over age 65. The incidence of AD increases as one gets older. 1 in 9 people over 65 have AD and 1 in 3 over 85 have AD.