Toby & Leon Cooperman Center for Memory Disorders and Alzheimer’s Disease
Neurocognitive Disorder Evaluation, Management and Prevention Program
Neurocognitive disorders are a category of neurological disorders that
primarily affect cognitive abilities, which include learning, memory,
perception and problem solving. In the past, these disorders were known
as dementia. Neurocognitive disorders include; but are not limited to,
Alzheimer’s disease, cerebrovascular disease, Lewy body disease
and cognitive impairment associated with Parkinson’s disease, frontotemporal
degeneration, traumatic brain injury, and neurocognitive issues due to HIV.
The Marcus Neuroscience Institute's program focuses on education,
assessment and management of neurocognitive disorders as well as research
into better treatment for these disorders. We partner with the Louis and
Anne Green Memory Disorder Center at Florida Atlantic University to provide
ongoing support to persons with neurocognitive disorders and their caregivers.
- Specialists in neurology, neurosurgery, neuropsychology, rehabilitation
- Clinical trials
- State-of-the-art diagnostic imaging/testing
What is Alzheimer's disease?
- Alzheimer’s disease is the most common neurocognitive disorder.
- The most common early symptom is a slowly progressive decline in memory
followed by a gradual decline in other areas of cognition.
- Sometimes people recognize that they have a memory problem, but other times
they do not.
- Age is the greatest known risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease. Although
the majority of people with Alzheimer’s disease are 65 and older,
some people get Alzheimer’s disease at a younger age.
- Alzheimer’s disease worsens over time.
- There is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, but treatments
for symptoms are available and research continues.
Is memory loss a normal part of aging?
In normal aging, there are declines in a type of memory called episodic
memory, which is a person’s memory of his/her personal experiences
and specific events in time. However, signs of other persistent memory
problems, such as difficulty finding the right word or forgetting recent
conversations may indicate something more serious than normal aging. A
diagnostic workup can determine whether memory loss is due to normal aging
or a sign of a more serious problem.
Can memory loss be treated?
Some medical and emotional conditions cause memory loss that goes away
with proper diagnosis and treatment. These causes include:
- Thyroid problems
- Vitamin deficiency
- Medication reactions
- Normal pressure hydrocephalus
What services do we provide?
- Memory diagnostic workups, which can help determine whether memory loss
is due to normal aging or a more serious neurocognitive disorder such
as Alzheimer’s disease.
- Medical treatment and follow-up care for those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s
disease and other neurocognitive disorders.
- Support and consultation are available for long-term care planning, caregiver
support, education, and referrals for community resources, such as adult
day programs through our patient navigator and collaborative programs
in the community.
- Opportunities to participate in cutting-edge clinical research.
What Happens When You See an MNI Neurologist?
The MNI neurologist will perform a comprehensive history and physical examination
and order testing appropriate for the customized workup of an individual.
This may include: laboratory studies, brain imaging, cognitive testing
and depression screening as well as formalized neuropsychological testing.
Once the neurological testing is completed, a follow-up visit will be
scheduled with the neurologist to discuss the diagnosis, recommended treatment,
and follow-up plan. The neurologist will prescribe medication if indicated
and refer for clinical trials if you are a potential candidate.
Re-evaluations and follow up visits will be scheduled based on need. Annual
re-evaluations will be performed to assess for cognitive changes that
may impact your activities of daily living and to make sure that you are
receiving appropriate treatment.
To schedule a consultation, please call 561-955-4600.