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, including:
- 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 (vascular dementia)
- 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 or caregiver.
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
Which memory disorder and dementia treatments do you offer at Marcus Neuroscience Institute?
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?
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 programs, including:
- Support groups
- Adult daycare
- Neuropsychological testing
- Gentle chair yoga