East Central Florida Memory Disorder Clinic

Services


Comprehensive Memory Evaluation | Memory Screen | Memory Enhancement | Professional Education

Services offered by the Memory Disorder Clinic include Comprehensive Memory Evaluations, Memory screenings, caregiver education, support groups and training. Call us at (321) 434-7612 to schedule an appointment or e-mail us for more information.

Comprehensive Memory Evaluation is available by appointment only. As memory difficulties arise from any of several medical or psychological causes, the comprehensive evaluation requires a thorough health history plus in-depth examination and testing. Each patient is encouraged to come with an informed caregiver or family member who can report as an observer. A brief neuropsycholgical test is conducted by a Florida Institute of Technology Doctoral student of Psychology supervised by a licensed psychologist using a variety of screens to assess attention/concentration, executive functioning, motor/processing speed, visuospatial skills, learning/memory, language and mood/personality. A Social Worker meets with each patient/family to assess their social and emotional needs, assisting with coordination of services as indicated. A Health First Geriatric Physician performs a thorough medical examination to determine a proper diagnosis and rule out reversible forms of cognitive loss. Additional lab tests, imaging studies or blood work may be recommended. Most insurance plans are accepted for these services.

The Memory Screen is by appointment and is available for any adult who is concerned about memory loss. It is a very brief screen test that will provide basic information in relation to a person’s age and education. For more definitive testing, the Comprehensive Memory Evaluation is suggested.

Case Management and Counseling services may be suggested when an individual or family member needs additional help to find solutions for dementia care. Trained professionals offer support, information, resources, and ideas. We work closely with other agencies in the community and refer when needed.

Caregiver Education is offered at various sites in our service area for family caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia. The training covers topics such as “What to Expect,” “How to Cope,” and “Community Resources”. Classes are available free of charge.

Our Caregiver Wellness Program is designed to provide support to family caregivers by looking at the mind, body and spiritual aspects of wellness while caring for someone with memory loss.

Our Caregiver Support Groups offer a friendly, informal setting for family members who provide care for a loved one with dementia to help deal with the stress of caregiving. Discussions cover topics such as coping strategies for the caregiver, dealing with behavior issues, caregiver wellness, and where to find help or information. Meetings take place at various locations. Please call (321) 434-7612 for more information.

Memory Enhancement is offered to individuals who have completed a memory screening at the Clinic and are concerned about their memory or show a mild cognitive impairment. The training is a program designed to help improve memory and cognitive functions through techniques and skills. Pre and post-tests are administered to measure progress.

Our Professional Education includes the Florida Alzheimer Disease Initiative program with certified trainers and educational materials for healthcare providers. It includes C.N.A. Levels I & II certified curriculum in the State of Florida. Other trainings are available upon request. The educational material developed at the East Central Florida Memory Clinic meets the mandated Alzheimer training for skilled nursing and assisted living facilities, adult day care programs and home health agencies.

The Memory Clinic also participates in research programs, notable among which is the Florida Brain Bank program to help accelerate the discovery of a treatment and cure for Alzheimer’s Disease and related disorders. The purpose of the Brain Bank is to study the brains of individuals with dementing illnesses and to provide tissue for research. In this way, the medical community hopes to find some answers about these devastating diseases.

Speakers and Individualized Training Programs are available upon request for civic and community groups in our area. Call us at (321) 434-7612 or e-mail for further information.