If memory problems are affecting you or a loved one, getting an accurate diagnosis and expert treatment is important.
The team at Harbor View Medical Services can help.
Our expert neurologists partner with patients to find the cause of memory loss and provide treatments to help them function at their best.
We know that memory issues also affect family members and friends—especially those on the front lines providing daily care and support. So we make sure that caregivers always feel like their voices are heard.
Alzheimer's Diagnosis: Testing and Talking
Alzheimer's is just one possible cause of memory loss.
Harbor View's neurologists can get to the root of the problem. They rely on many tools and methods to screen for Alzheimer's and rule out other possible problems. Tests and technology are crucial, but so is simple conversation.
Our Alzheimer's specialists can learn a lot about a patient just by talking with them. Your doctor might start by asking about concerns that could point to a memory problem, like whether forgetfulness has made it harder to carry out basic daily tasks.
We know that these discussions aren't always quick or easy. They're important for delivering the best care though, so we always take the time for them.
Loved ones often play a key role in diagnosing Alzheimer's, especially if the person who has the disease doesn't believe that anything is wrong. Our neurologists involve caregivers from the very start. We take the time to get their point of view and learn about their concerns.
This essential step helps caregivers feel heard. It also helps our experts see the full picture, so we can provide the best possible treatment.
In addition to these conversations, our Alzheimer's doctors also conduct tests to assess memory and problem-solving skills. They use the latest technology, including CT scans, PET scans and MRIs, to look closely at the brain too.
All of these tests and conversations are factored in to a diagnosis.
Patient-Focused Alzheimer's Treatment
Starting treatment early can preserve more of a person's daily functioning for longer. An early diagnosis can also help families and caregivers plan for the future.
Once an Alzheimer's diagnosis is made, our neurologists will take steps to:
- Form a personalized treatment plan. This can include medications for memory loss along with therapies for behavior changes and sleep problems. Our neurologists always follow evidence-based, best practices for Alzheimer's treatment.
- Prioritize patient well-being. We'll talk with patients and caregivers to learn about a patient's living situation and make sure it's safe.
- Help caregivers with planning and support. Having a designated healthcare decision maker is essential, especially in the event of an emergency. We'll start the conversation to help families figure out whom this person should be.
- Track progress. As the needs of Alzheimer's patients change, so does their treatment. Regular follow-up visits let us keep a close eye on their progress—so we can help patients thrive.
If you suspect that you or a loved one might have memory loss, give us a call at 631.621.4094. We're here to book your appointment or just answer questions.
Keep in mind that your healthcare insurance may require a referral from your primary care doctor.