Recognize Memory Problems

As you age, you may experience some slowing of thought processes and short-term memory loss. However, the need for a medical evaluation is indicated when it worsens and interferes with daily life. Many conditions can cause memory impairment or loss, including adverse medication effects, stroke, thyroid or vitamin deficiency, Parkinson’s disease, untreated or undertreated mood disorders, and other neurological diseases. Early diagnosis is essential to determine the cause of memory loss and begin effective treatment.

The Memory Disorder Center at Palm Beach Neuroscience Institute is one of 17 state-designed memory clinics authorized by the legislature in the state of Florida and funded by the Department of Elder Affairs. Our center serves as a diagnostic, treatment, and referral source for individuals experiencing changes in their memory and/or other cognitive functions, which may be affecting their daily lives.

A Comprehensive Evaluation

Our multidisciplinary team of professionals consists of experts from various fields of expertise. They work together to assess and treat the cause of each individual’s memory concerns.

Our team members include:

  • Neurologist – Arif Dalvi, MD, MBA – Medical Director
  • Nurse Practitioners – Shellyann Timmons, MBA, MSN, APRN-BC
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker – Dwanne Clayton, MSW, LCSW, CDP
  • Other medical personnel (as necessary)

A typical medical evaluation may include:

  • Taking a psychosocial and health history and completing a physical examination to rule out treatable conditions.
  • Performing a neurological evaluation to check the patient’s balance, sensory abilities or reflexes.
  • Reviewing results from laboratory tests to exclude possible metabolic conditions or vitamin deficiencies.
  • Using cognitive or neuropsychological tests to evaluate mental functions.
  • Performing brain scans using MRI or CT Scans.
  • Obtaining a complete memory history and functional assessment.

The team then reviews the findings of the memory loss evaluation and compiles a diagnosis and possible treatment options. Upon completing the diagnostic process, the team meets with the patient and family to discuss the findings and conclusions. To ensure we provide the best care to our patients, we offer many services within our memory disorder center.

Services offered:

  • Diagnosis
  • Treatment
  • Counseling and education
  • Caregiver support and education
  • Early diagnosis support group
  • Access and referrals to the newest research studies and community resources
  • Educational materials
  • Diagnostic imaging
  • Assistance in planning for the future
  • Community resource referrals and education

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