The Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center (MADC) promotes state-of-the-art clinical care and wellness for individuals and families affected by memory loss. Many people experience changes in their memory as they get older. Some changes are normal. Other changes may be a sign of a memory loss condition. If you or a loved one is concerned about changes in memory or thinking, it is important to schedule an evaluation with a specialist, such as a neurologist or geriatrician. An evaluation can help you:
- Understand the cause of your memory or thinking changes
- Learn more about treatment options
- Discover ways to maximize skills and promote quality of life
- Plan for the future
Below is a list of clinical care services that may help you better understand and treat memory loss or dementia symptoms at the time of diagnosis and beyond.
Comprehensive Dementia Assessment
The Cognitive Disorders Program is a division of the Department of Neurology at the University of Michigan. Located at the U-M Health and Geriatrics Center, the program offers a multi-disciplinary approach to address problems of memory or changes in thinking. The evaluation process aims to properly determine a diagnosis and develop a treatment plan that allow for the best quality of life possible. The health care team consisting of physicians, nurse practitioners, social workers, and neuropsychologists is available to address issues over the course of illness. If you wish to learn more or schedule an appointment, please visit the U of M Health website. Cognitive Disorders Program brochure (PDF).
The Cognitive Disorders Program offers opportunities to participate in clinical research, including imaging studies and trials that study the effectiveness of new drugs. To learn more about MADC-supported studies, please visit our Join a Study page.
Primary Care Services / Geriatric Assessment
Turner Geriatric Clinic at the University of Michigan Geriatrics Center specializes in the comprehensive multidisciplinary geriatric assessment and treatment of older adults. Clinic physicians are board-certified Geriatric Medicine specialists who can provide ongoing primary care or geriatric assessment to coordinate care with primary care physicians. Turner Geriatric Clinic’s healthcare team includes physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, social workers and medical assistants. These professionals work together to evaluate and treat health issues that become more common with aging, including memory loss and dementia. If you wish to learn more or schedule an appointment, please visit the Turner Geriatric Clinic website.
Mood and Behavior Assessment
The Geropsychiatry Clinic at the University of Michigan Geriatrics Center provides outpatient psychiatric evaluation and treatment for older adults. Common concerns include: depression, dementia, psychosis and other late-life disturbances. Evidence-based psychopharmacologic and psychosocial treatment modalities are employed. Consultation is available to geriatricians and other primary care providers who treat older patients. Follow-up care is also available in the clinic. If you wish to learn more or schedule an appointment, please visit the Geropsychiatry Clinic website.
The Neuropsychology Division at the University of Michigan Health System provides comprehensive evaluation of cognitive and emotional functioning. This type of assessment includes paper, pencil and computer tasks to measure strengths and weaknesses in areas such as memory and thinking. The evaluation assists physicians with diagnosis and treatment decisions. If you wish to learn more, please visit the Neuropsychology Clinic Programs website.
Diagnostic Clinics Outside of the University of Michigan Health System
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