Dementia/Memory Loss

Many physical, emotional, social and environmental factors influence the ability to make and retrieve memories. If you or a loved one experiences memory loss, help is available.

Our expert team of neuropsychologists uses the latest tools to diagnose the stages of memory loss and dementia. We perform thorough evaluations to:

  • Identify the causes of memory loss
  • Evaluate the extent of the deficiency
  • Recommend a plan for enhancing memory

Understanding memory loss and dementia

Memory loss and aging don't have to go hand in hand, and memory loss alone does not mean someone has dementia. It is important to understand the distinctions between the two:

  • Memory can be affected by fatigue, nutrition and common illnesses. A variety of medicines can impair memory. Memory also can vary with a person's attitude, mood and motivation.
  • Dementia involves serious problems with two or more brain functions, such as memory and language. People with dementia may lose the ability to solve problems and control emotions, and their personalities may change. Diagnoses in this category may include Alzheimer’s disease or stroke.

Neuropsychological evaluations for memory loss at Henry Ford

Neuropsychology is one our specialty areas at Henry Ford Behavioral Health. It studies the impact of brain function on your behaviors, emotions and cognitive abilities. This expertise allows us to conduct in-depth evaluations of patients with memory loss and recommend targeted treatment plans. Learn more about neuropsychology.

Memory loss tests: What to expect

We perform a thorough investigation of cognitive, emotional and sensory motor functioning and write detailed consultation report for your referring physician. The report includes our treatment recommendations.

We use computer-based testing for a more thorough investigation of abilities such as reaction time. The evaluation may last a few hours or most of a day, depending on each patient. Our process includes an interview with the patient as well as a significant other or caregiver, when possible.

Treatments recommendations may include:

  • Medications
  • Referrals to speech therapy
  • Behavioral modification strategies
  • Referrals to other specialists to address underlying issues that may affect memory, such as medications
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