Memory Disorders and Alzheimer’s Disease
Marcus Neuroscience Institute at Boca Raton Regional Hospital puts compassion
at the forefront of care for patients with memory disorders. We understand
that a dementia or Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis can be challenging
for the whole family, so we work hard to find solutions that help patients
overcome challenges and live a full life.
Memory disorders (also called neurocognitive disorders or dementia) affect
learning, memory, perception and problem-solving.
At Marcus Neuroscience Institute, we have the region’s top experts
in memory disorders, including three neurologists who have received special
certification in neuroimaging. Our state-of-the-art facility also includes
the latest diagnostic and treatment technology, including advanced MRIs
that have a Neuro-Quant protocol. This type of MRI measures parts of the
brain to find areas that have deteriorated because of Alzheimer’s
disease and other cognitive disorders.
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Which memory disorders do you treat at Marcus Neuroscience Institute?
We treat all types of memory disorders at Marcus Neuroscience Institute,
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Lewy body disease and cognitive problems caused by Parkinson’s disease
- Frontotemporal degeneration (frontotemporal dementia)
- Cognitive problems caused by multiple strokes or cerebrovascular disease
- Our team can also help treat aggressive dementia or any behavioral problems
that may be caused by a memory disorder.
How do Marcus Neuroscience Institute experts diagnose Alzheimer’s
disease and memory disorders?
First, patients meet with a neurologist who specializes in memory disorders.
This exam usually involves the patient as well as a spouse, family member
During the exam, the neurologist will ask about symptoms, personal health
history and family health history. The neurologist will also conduct some
general tests for motor skills, sensory function, gait and balance. We’ll
focus on learning more about the patient’s mental status with memory
testing, a speech and language evaluation and checking for perceptual
issues. In most cases, a neuropsychologist will see the patient for more
detailed cognitive testing.
We’ll also ask the patient to undergo testing to look for areas of
brain atrophy (or deterioration), which is found in degenerative conditions
like Alzheimer’s disease. We’ll evaluate for other conditions,
such as silent stroke disease, that may be causing cognitive problems.
These tests can include:
- MRI with neuro-quantification
- High-resolution CT scan
- Electroencephalography (EEG)
- Blood tests
- Spinal fluid exams
- PET scan
Marcus Neuroscience Institute is one of the only institutes in the region
that has access to MRI with neuro-quantification. This type of MRI uses
a computer to give a detailed analysis of the brain and whether there
has been any brain tissue loss. Our team also includes three neurologists
who have received neuroimaging certification from the United Council for
Neurologic Subspecialties (UCNS), which means they are trained in reading
these advanced test results.
Which memory disorder and dementia treatments do you offer at Marcus Neuroscience
We treat most memory disorders with oral medicine. The type of treatment
and dosage depends on the patient’s diagnosis and symptoms. We may
also recommend physical, occupational or speech therapy with our rehabilitation program.
Treatment plans may include cognitive programs or brain games. These programs,
which the patient can often play on a home computer, can help improve
symptoms and slow down the progression of a memory disorder.
Patients may also receive exercise recommendations. Research has shown
that exercise can help the brain repair lost or damaged tissue.
In addition to these current treatments, our team is eagerly awaiting
the approval for new infusion treatments for dementia and Alzheimer’s
disease. Once these treatments are FDA approved, we plan to offer them
in an in-house infusion center at Boca Raton Regional Hospital.
When you come to Marcus Neuroscience Institute for memory disorder or Alzheimer’s
disease treatment, you can expect:
- Compassionate care from a team that understands the challenges of living
with a memory disorder
- The region’s experts in memory disorders, including neurologists
who are certified in neuroimaging
- Advanced diagnostic tools that can help us provide a more accurate diagnosis
and personalized treatment plan
How will I know if other family members are at risk for memory disorders
or Alzheimer’s disease?
We understand that you may have some concerns about family members and
children being at-risk for developing a memory disorder. Most types of
memory disorders are not hereditary, and only rare forms of dementia can
be passed on to children. However, our team can provide counseling about
any possible genetic risk.
Does Marcus Neuroscience Institute offer support services for memory disorder
patients and their family members?
Through our partnership with Florida Atlantic University’s Louis
and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center, we provide a variety of support
- Support groups
- Adult daycare
- Neuropsychological testing
- Gentle chair yoga
Will my loved one be able to drive after his or her diagnosis and treatment?
Marcus Neuroscience Institute partners with Florida Atlantic University’s
Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center to provide driving evaluations
for memory disorder patients. This evaluation includes a written test
as well as a driving test to determine if a patient can drive safely.
Meet the team
Our team includes neurologists, nurse coordinators, medical assistants
and nurse practitioners who all specialize in caring for patients with
memory disorders. We also have a research coordinator who works closely
with any patients who are on a clinical trial.
Memory disorder and Alzheimer’s disease clinical trials
Marcus Neuroscience Institute is heavily involved with research and clinical
trials studying new treatments for memory disorders and Alzheimer’s
disease. We are currently looking at new therapies to help with cognitive
problems related to Parkinson’s disease, as well as a new treatment
option for behavioral problems caused by memory disorders.
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