Memory Evaulation / What to Expect
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What to Expect

The University of Pittsburgh Alzheimer Disease Research Center (ADRC), conducts an extensive diagnostic evaluation of individuals with suspected Alzheimer’s disease and other types of memory loss and/or cognitive impairment. The professionals at the ADRC understand that this is a stressful process for all and assure that individuals will be treated with sensitivity and respect. The comprehensive outpatient evaluation usually takes 3 to 4 hours to complete and includes medical, neurological, psychiatric, social and cognitive assessments. Informant input is sought in every case therefore individuals seeking an evaluation must be accompanied by an informant or caregiver who can answer detailed questions about their memory, thinking skills and behavior. Following the evaluation a consensus conference is held to review the case. At this time the diagnosis is determined and treatment options are discussed. Eligibility for clinical trials (e.g. medication trials) or participation in other types of research studies (e.g. imaging trials, observational studies) is also considered. Following the conference, the patient and family are asked to return to the ADRC to discuss the findings, treatment options and potential to participate in additional research. Education and counseling are provided. With patient approval, a written report is sent to the Primary Care Physician and/or referring physician. The patient is asked to return annually for follow up visits to monitor cognitive and functional status, for continued education and support and to determine eligibility for additional research trials.

If you are experiencing memory and/or thinking problems and are interested in an evaluation please print the Participant Application, complete and mail to:

University of Pittsburgh ADRC
4 West UPMC Montefiore (W421)
200 Lothrop Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-2582
Fax: 412-692-2710