Regardless of your age- if you are concerned that your memory loss might be more than senior moments-
A good place to start is with a memory screen.
After all- memory loss is #1 on the list of Alzheimer's symptoms. Keep in mind though- an Alzheimer's diagnosis- or any other diagnosis for that matter- cannot be made on a simple screen.
If you made more than 3 mistakes on the memory screen- you need
more in-depth testing to determine how you are doing. It may be time for Neuropsychological assessment to measure your brain function for disease or injury, such as Alzheimer's, Stroke, Lewy Body disease, head injury, etc.
If you live in Hawaii- come see us at the Maui Memory Clinic in the Professional Building at 2145 Wells Street in Wailuku, Maui. Call (808) 244-1007 to schedule an appointment.
Your insurance company may require you to have your primary care physician submit a referral to us before we can schedule you for an appointment. Call us and we can find out for you. Below is the link for the referral form if you need one:
Maui Memory Clinic provides a holistic approach with the highest quality of Neuropsychological care. Our multi-disciplinary team approach includes collaboration with Neurologists, Primary Care Physicians, and Geriatricians. Counseling is also provided for individuals and families who are struggling with the stress of care giving. Care giver stress and depression is the fastest rising type of depression in America today. We also provide you with links to community resources to assist with senior care.
When you come to the clinic there will be Patient Forms that will need to be filled out. If you want to see what kind of information we will need, or if you want to get a head start on the forms click below:
What is a Neuropsychological Assessment?
A cognitive evaluation which measures brain function for disease or injury, such as Alzheimer’s, Lewy Body, Parkinson’s, Stroke, & Head Injury.
· Review of your medical and other relevant records.
· Interview with you and someone who knows you best.
· Tests measuring mood and cognitive abilities (memory, attention, executive function).
A comprehensive report is generated summarizing relevant medical history, test results, cognitive strengths/weaknesses, and mood.
If dementia is detected, the suspected type (Alzheimer’s, Vascular, Lewy Body, Mixed, etc.), disease staging, treatment recommendations and referrals are provided.
Feedback sessions after an evaluation are recommended to review your test results. Usually the session is scheduled for the following week and lasts about an hour.
An explanation of the test results, recommendations and the opportunity to ask questions is provided.
A feedback session is not required but is helpful for a better understanding of your diagnosis, and the next steps to take.
How long does an evaluation take?
Initial testing usually takes about 3.5 hours but may be longer depending on complexity. After we score, interpret, diagnose and prepare a report a later follow up session is recommended for you to come back and explain the findings and answer any questions. Follow session takes about an hour.
Why was I referred for an Evaluation?
• Brain/Memory Function Assessment
• Determine Level of Decline or Staging
• Assistance in Determining Symptom Cause
Preparing for an evaluation:
· If you wear hearing aids or eyeglasses, bring them with you.
· Get a good night’s sleep.
· Give yourself plenty of time to get to your appointment.
· Eat before you arrive so that you are comfortable.
Dr. Thomas Harding Neuropsychologist Neuroscientist, Author & Founder
Bringing You Better Brain Health!