Memory Disorders Clinic
Memory disorders and dementia affect more than 20% of the population over age 65. Alzheimer's disease, the most common form of dementia, currently afflicts over five million Americans.
Recent medical advances have made the management and treatment of Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia a reality. The Memory Disorders Clinic at The Ohio State University Medical Center has long been a leader in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of patients with memory disorders and dementia. Through early and accurate diagnosis, the Memory Disorders Clinic determines the most appropriate therapy for each individual patient.
The Memory Disorders Clinic
The Memory Disorders Clinic at The Ohio State University Medical Center provides comprehensive assessment, diagnosis and treatment of patients with Alzheimer's disease, dementia and other related memory disorders. Our qualified team of health care professionals is dedicated to ensuring the highest level of care and support for our patients and their caregivers. We are also committed to enhancing the education of patients, caregivers, medical professionals and the public.
Our team includes board-certified faculty in the departments of neurology and psychiatry, a nurse practitoner, a registered nurse, a social worker, a pharmacist, research coordinators and a consulting clinical neuropsychologist. This multi-disciplinary team ensures the most comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for the patient.
Evaluation and Diagnosis
Evaluation techniques are available that facilitate early recognition of Alzheimer's disease and other memory disorders. Advanced technologies, such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scans may be used at the Memory Disorders Clinic in the evaluation of Alzheimer's disease and degenerative dementias. Our research in ultra high field MRI and functional MRI may aide in this process. An evaluation at the Memory Disorders Clinic consists of the following steps:
- Comprehensive interview and neurological examination by a board-certified neurologist
- Neuropsychiatric and neuropsychological assessment
- Neuroimaging and blood evaluation (if recommended)
Causes of Dementia
Memory disorders and dementia may be caused by a variety of different conditions including: degenerative diseases, strokes, depression, infections, or inflammatory conditions, metabolic or toxic conditions and hydrocephalus. (see: Common Types of Dementia) Most of these disorders are treatable and, with appropriate interventions, many can be arrested or reversed. Once the underlying cause has been identified, application of disease specific therapies may prevent future decline and in some cases result in significant improvement in memory and thinking.
Medication treatments to improve memory and mental functioning are now available for Alzheimer's disease. Although there is still no cure, these therapies appear to slow the progression of the disorder, especially in patients with mild to moderate to severe Alzheimer's disease.
Many patients with dementia may develop behavioral disturbances, including agitation, depression, sleep disturbances, restlessness, anxiety, false beliefs and hallucinations. The Memory Disorders Clinic has found that environmental and behavioral modification techniques can help lessen or eliminate these disturbances. In addition, most of these conditions can be treated with small doses of appropriate behavior-specific medications.
The Memory Disorders Clinic provides education and counseling to patients and their caregivers concerning diagnosis, neurologic illness, behavioral symptoms and patient care. We believe counseling helps patients and caregivers learn to live with the effects of neurologic illness. Additionally, the Memory Disorders Clinic provides linkage to community resources and case planning.
Referrals and Appointments
The Memory Disorders Clinic welcomes physician inquiries, consultations and referrals.
For general information or to schedule an appointment, please call (614) 293-4969, Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. Prior to the initial appointment, patients will receive information explaining the Memory Disorders Clinic and the appointment process. A map will be provided to assist in locating the Memory Disorders Clinic. Patients are requested to bring old medical records, the actual scans from previous evaluations and a list of all their medications.
Our staff will maintain regular and close communication with the referring physician throughout the evaluation and treatment process. Written summaries of the patient's condition, progress and treatment plan will be sent to the referring physician. Patients will return to their family or referring physician for their primary care.
The Memory Disorders Clinic is located on the first floor of the Cramblett Hall in suite 1C at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio 43210. Patients may park in the SAFE AUTO visitor-parking garage or valet parking is available in front of Rhodes Hall, University Hospital.