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Memory Disorder Care

Memory Disorder Care

At Augusta University Health, we care for patients with Alzheimer's and other memory disorders.  Patients can get a complete memory evaluation through our Memory Disorders Clinic, as well as participate in clinical trials developing new therapies for memory loss.

Memory Disorder Care

At Augusta University Health, we care for patients with Alzheimer's and other memory disorders.  Patients can get a complete memory evaluation through our Memory Disorders Clinic, as well as participate in clinical trials developing new therapies for memory loss.

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Alzheimer’s disease, and other forms of dementia, can take a toll on patients and their families, who often struggle to assemble the expertise and resources they need to meet the challenges neurodegenerative diseases bring. Alzheimer's disease can't be cured, however, early detection can help patients and caregivers cope better with the diagnosis.

The Alzheimer's Program at AU Health offers patients the ability to get an assessment done early so that they can be seen at our Memory Disorders Clinic sooner.  We are partnered with Georgia Memory Net, a statewide program dedicated to early diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.  This allows Augusta University Health to be designated as a Memory Assessment Center, providing advanced care to patient in the Augusta and surrounding area. 

  • Expertise: Our clinic is make up of specialists in neurology, geriatric psychiatry, neuropsychology, and research.
  • Clinical trials: Patients have the opportunity to participate in clinical trails that are focused on developing new therapies to treat memory loss.
  • Self-referrals welcome: You Primary Care Physician (PCP) can refer you to us, however, you can also call us directly for an appointment.
  • Patient resources: We can connect  you and your family with our local support group chapter of the Alzheimer s Association.

Patients having serious memory problems should visit our clinic.  If a patient has had previous blood work, or CT scans, that were done within the past year, please bring the results with you on your first visit. 

Warning signs of Alzheimer's disease

There are certain signs that you, or a loved one, might be starting the early stages of Alzheimer's. Patients may exhibit all, or some, of the following (taken from the National Alzheimer's Association):

  • Memory loss
  • Difficulty with familiar tasks
  • Problems with language
  • Disorientation
  • Poor judgment
  • Problems with abstract thinking
  • Misplacing things
  • Changes in mood or behavior
  • Changes in personality
  • Loss of initiative

The Memory Disorders Clinic offers a diagnostic memory assessment to people who are experiencing memory problems.

Patients are first evaluated, and when appropriate, further testing will be ordered, including:

  • Labwork
  • Brain imaging with MRI, CT, or PET scan
  • Cognitive assessment with our neuropsychologist to determine the extent of their memory problems.

These studies help guide our clinical assessment and diagnosis. The testing will also tell whether the patients may have other underlying medical conditions, such as depression.

After testing is complete

Patients will meet with the doctor to discuss test results, diagnosis, and treatment recommendations, including medications. If patients qualify for a clinical trial and are interested in participating, we will also discuss this at their return visit.

 

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Augusta University Medical Center specialists provide care and support throughout your entire healthcare journey.

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