Neuropsychology Services and Evaluation Process
Program staff work closely with referring physicians and provide them with a detailed evaluation, along with recommendations for treatment.
- Neuropsychological evaluation of memory and other cognitive functions. Multidisciplinary evaluation and treatment for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.
- Consultation with families and other caregivers experiencing difficulty adjusting to or managing their loved ones cognitive deficits.
The evaluation takes place in a quiet, private room and typically last 4 to 6 hours. It may be longer or shorter depending on the needs of the patient and referring physician. Breaks are provided as needed.
Part 1: Initial Questions
The clinician asks the patient (and family members, when available) questions about his/her medical history and problems that have resulted in the need for the evaluation.
Part 2: Patient Tests
The patient is given a variety of tests to assess problem-solving, memorization of words or lists or stories, concentration, spatial skills, movement and language.
Part 3: Follow-up Meeting (1 hour, 2 to 3 weeks after the evaluation)
Findings are reviewed and information about the patient’s condition is provided. A written summary of the evaluation is typically given to the patients and family members, and this is reviewed in detail at the time of the visit.
Patient and clinician discuss detailed and individualized recommendations to improve the patient’s quality of life. Topics addressed may include living arrangements and supervision, driving safety, strategies to improve daily living skills, issues involving return to work or school, or management of behavioral problems.
Part 4: Written Report
A report is sent to the patient’s physician and, when appropriate, to other health care providers, attorneys, insurance companies, schools or others involved in the patient’s care.
In addition to memory and cognitive assessment, the Neuropsychology Program also actively engages in many areas of research related to the diagnosis and treatment of geriatric cognitive disorders, and caregiver stress.