Alzheimer's Disease & Memory Disorders Center
Expert Alzheimer's Disease and Memory Disorders Diagnosis and Treatment
The Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders Center (ADMDC) at Rhode Island Hospital offers a full range of diagnostic and treatment services.
The center is nationally known not only for its clinical services but also for its research including the clinical trials program that offer the latest in leading-edge new therapies aimed to treat, delay, and ultimately prevent the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.
We are located on the seventh floor of the Ambulatory Patient Center (APC) at Rhode Island Hospital. If you are an existing patient, please call us at 401-444-6440. If you are interested in a new patient appointment, please ask your primary care provider to fax a referral to 401-444-6858.
Comprehensive Evaluation is Step One to Treatment Plan
The center’s neurologists are fellowship-trained memory disorder specialists who offer patients the latest advances in memory/dementia disorder diagnosis and treatment.
Because there are many causes of dementia, a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation is an important first step when dealing with symptoms of memory loss. To ensure an accurate diagnosis we provide a thorough evaluation of each patient, which includes a careful review of his or her medical history, a physical examination, and neuropsychological testing of mental functions.
Neuroimaging, diagnostic tests, such as brain MRI or PET scan may also be used during the evaluation process, along with other laboratory tests.
Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders Services
The memory disorder experts at our center provide comprehensive, specialized diagnostic and treatment services for Alzheimer’s disease and associated of dementia disorders.
To ensure an accurate diagnosis we provide a thorough evaluation of each patient which includes a careful review of his or her medical history, a physical examination, and neuropsychological testing of cognitive functions. Additional imaging and other laboratory tests may also be used during the evaluation process.
In collaboration with related psychiatry and medicine colleagues, we will discuss:
- The diagnosis and treatment plan
- Information on support services, and
- Medications for dementia-related symptoms.
Many patients attending the memory clinic for diagnostic services receive a detailed evaluation of their cognitive function in consultation with a member of the Rhode Island Hospital Neuropsychology Program. Their cases are reviewed and discussed with the specialists (physicians) of the memory clinic before a wrap-up visit with the neurologist to discuss their diagnosis and management plan. The patient’s management plan is recommended to his or her primary care physician in a consultation letter. In some cases, the plan may be instituted by the neurologist at the center.
In addition to this clinical diagnostic evaluation and treatment, we offer:
- Consultation with Rhode Island and The Miriam hospitals' staff psychiatrists and geriatric psychiatrists for counseling and treatment of behavior problems.
- Counseling for genetic testing, if indicated.
- Speech and occupational therapy, if needed.
Cognitive Recovery after Elective Surgery (CREATES)
Women and Alzheimer's Disease
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