As the sixth of 15 state designated memory disorder clinics statewide, the East Central Florida Memory Disorder Clinic covers a service area including Brevard, Indian River, Osceola, Southern Volusia, and St. Lucie counties. The clinic is a collaborative effort between Health First Aging Institute and the Florida Institute of Technology School of Psychology. The Memory Disorder Clinic, Inc. d/b/a East Central Florida Memory Disorder Clinic has a Board of Directors, Clinical Advisory Committee and Research Committee which provide governance, guidance and direction to the not-for-profit agency which is primarily funded through the State of Florida, Department of Elder Affairs.
A good first step for memory health and available by appointment at various locations to any adult concerned about memory. No insurance required.
The Memory Clinic partners with the Health First Aging Services and the Florida Institute of Technology to provide a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation for people concerned about their memory, The findings are shared with the patient, family and primary care physician. Medicare, Health First Health Plans and most insurances are accepted.
Our staff facilitates education programs to family caregivers, professionals and the general public to increase awareness and improve the care of people with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. The Memory Clinic also provides a variety of brain health and wellness programs.
The Memory Clinic works closely with our partners on applied research projects developed to advance the current knowledge and care of people with Alzheimer's disease and other related dementias.
Professionals Providing Services
Professionals working together with a primary care physician to provide the best quality of memory care:
Visa Srinivasan, MD
Health First Aging Services
ECFMDC Medical Director & Principal Investigator
Kevin Mulligan, PsyD ABPP-CN
ECFMDC Clinical Director
Frank M. Webbe, PhD
Florida Institute of Technology
ECFMDC Research Director
Eugene M. Shepherd, MD
Sandy Stauffer, MAC
ECFMDC Program Manager
Doctoral candidates from Florida Tech School of Psychology
Classes and Support Groups
Early Alzheimer's Support and Education. Developed and co-facilitated by the Alzheimer's Association in partnership with East Central Florida Memory Disorder Clinic.
Family Caregiver Classes:
Series - Stress Busting for Family Caregivers (9 classes) -
Series - Stress Busting for Family Caregivers (9 classes) -
This multi-component program provides caregivers the tools and strategies they need to take care of themselves. It helps caregivers (1) learn about stress and its effects (2) practice stress management techniques, and (3) develop problem solving skills.
Series- Coping With Caregiving (4 classes) -This series of 4 classes will focus on the family caregiver, providing useful tips and practical methods to help to understand the emotions felt in caring for a person with Alzheimer's or other related dementia. Classes will address the emotional side of caregiving, covering topics such as Anger, Grief, Guilt, & Depression, as well as looking at the positive side of caregiving and the personal growth that many caregivers experience through this journey.
Series - Advanced Dementia -
Care Training for Family Caregivers with Patricia De Angelis, RN: "Nutrition Issues for Dementia Patients" - Ensuring that your loved one is eating enough nutritious foods and drinking enough fluids is a challenge. People with dementia literally being to forget that they need to eat and drink. Complicating the issue may be dental problems or medications that decrease appetite or make food taste "funny". The consequences of poor nutrition are many, including weight loss, irritability, sleeplessness, bladder or bowel problems and disorientation. This class addresses the essentials of good nutrition and the challenges faced by a person with dementia ~ early to advanced stages.
"Skin Care and Incontinence Care" -
Learn at-home skills, techniques and strategies to keep your loved one's skin healthy as their disease progresses and learn how to prevent and manage incontinence and what products are available to help you deal effectively with the needs that develop through the stages of Alzheimer's disease or related dementia.
Caring for the Caregiver and Communication Techniques -
In this class, our instructor discusses the importance of "caring for yourself". Taking actions to care for yourself can bring relief and help you from getting ill or depressed. As your loved on moves through advanced stages of Alzheimer's disease, you will need more help and also need to have your advanced support system in place and avoid "burnout".
Prevention of Falls and Injuries -
This class discusses practical ways of helping you better care for a person with memory loss and confusion in the home and beyond by creating a safe environment and preparing for emergencies as the disease progresses. Falls can be debilitating as they can lead to a downward spiral of reduced activities of daily living, potential loss of independence, and an increased fear of falling.
Observing and Reporting Medical Health Conditions -
As Alzheimer's disease advances, it is important to know signs and symptoms of Medical Health Conditions and when and how to report your observations to the appropriate medical personnel. This class helps those caring for individuals with Alzheimer's and related dementias build confidence and advanced caregiving skills to enhance home care.
Series - Caring for a person with Alzheimer's Disease
When a family member has a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia, it is often difficult to understand and know how to respond to the person with the disease. This class with provide you with an overview of the disease, prepare you for what to expect, and offer practical tips on dealing with the person with memory loss whether living in a retirement community or at home. The 3-week class is geared for the family member of someone with Alzheimer's disease or related dementia. Each week will cover a different topic.
Classes - One Hour:
Next Steps after Diagnosis -
A family member just received a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease or related dementia and now you are wondering what you need to do next. This class will provide an overview of the next steps on how to move forward after diagnosis. The class is geared for the new family caregiver and is intended to be an hour in length but may vary dependent on discussion/questions from class participants.
Alzheimer's Disease: The Basics - a review of normal age related cognitive changes and non-normal changes.
Frontotemporal Disorders -
This is a general introductory class for the family caregiver of someone with Frontotemporal dementia - This class provides an overview of causes, symptoms, and treatments.
Lewy Body Dementia -
When you think of dementia, Alzheimer's disease is often the one you think of first but there are other types, including Dementia of the Lewy body type. If a family member has received a diagnosis, come and learn more about it, what to expect and how to manage.
Caregiving 101: how to Survive Being a Caregiver -
Caring for a family member with Alzheimer's disease or a related memory disorder is a life changing experience. Learn new ways to adapt to your new role as a caregiver by understanding some of the emotions and stages of caregiving. The class is intended for the family caregiver.
When It's Not Alzheimer's -
We always hear about Alzheimer's disease, but what about other types of dementia? Gain a greater understanding of Dementia with Lewy Bodies, Vascular Dementia, Frontotemporal Dementia and how to manage the care of a family member with one of these diagnosis.
Parkinson's Disease:Overview - What is Parkinson's Disease and how to best manage are some of the topics discussed in the class.
Community Presentations Available covering topics related to What's Normal/What's Not with Memory, etc.
Classes/Groups for people with Mild Cognitive Impairment/Early Memory Loss:
Series - Mindset (6 classes) -
Administration on Aging funded innovation grant based on research by Dr. David Loewenstien and designed for individuals with mild cognitive impairment/early memory loss and their care partners. Classes will teach skills that help build cognitive skills and to stimulate memory and thinking. The research-based exercises can be used at home and may help to improve memory, thinking, and behavior. Ongoing classes will be help throughout the year. To see if you are a candidate for the next session call the Memory clinic at (321) 434-7614
Series - The First Steps -
Early Alzheimer's Support and Education. Developed and co-facilitated by the Alzeheimer's Association in partnership with East Central Florida Memory Disorder Clinic.
Our First Steps education program is an interactive five-part education program based on our Living with Alzheimer's series. This program is specifically designed for people who are newly diagnosed and in the early stages of dementia and their caregivers. We will discuss what you need to know, what you to plan and what you can do to navigate this chapter of your life.
This program uses our Taking Action Workbook and covers:
1. Understanding the Alzheimer's or dementia diagnosis and learning to partner with your medical team
2. Effective communication and coping strategies
3. Exploring legal and financial concerns
4. Daily strategies and safety issues
5. Explore available community resources
Living with Early Alzheimer's Disease -
You or a family member have recently been diagnosed with early Alzheimer's Disease and now you are wondering how to adjust and move forward. This presentation will provide suggestions on how to deal with a diagnosis of early Alzheimer's disease. This is intended as a one-time information class for both the person with early Alzheimer's disease and the family care partner to take together.
Empowered Caregiver's Support Group -
If you are caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease or related to dementia, join us weekly for support, inspiration and connection with other people who are caregivers. This group is facilitated by Nick Wilson, MSW and meets weekly on Thursdays from 11 a.m. - noon at The Center for Family Caregivers. For more information and to reserve for respite, please call The Center for Family Caregivers at (321) 434.7625.