Committed to Reducing the Burden of Alzheimer’s Disease
Aging and dementia are in particular focus today. But when is it just aging and when is it dementia? When is it more than just absentmindedness, yet not Alzheimer’s? Memory loss and decline in thinking abilities are serious and require a medical evaluation. Our neurologists are committed to improving the lives of individuals with Alzheimer’s and related diseases through innovative research, education and compassionate care. We bring the latest scientific research advances into the clinic and community that help to reduce the burden of Alzheimer's and related diseases through early detection and effective treatments.
Patient Evaluations Lead to a Definitive Diagnosis
Before diagnosing a patient with Alzheimer’s disease, our highly-trained specialists meet with both patient and family member to discuss any symptoms, including when symptoms were first noticed. At the initial patient evaluation, medical tests may be ordered, including:
- Brain scans (CT, MRI, or PET)
- Complete medical history
- Laboratory tests
- Neurological exam
- Neuropsychological tests
Multifaceted Team Approach to Alzheimer’s Treatment
After the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, our specialists will provide a comprehensive assessment based on patient consultations and test results. Because Alzheimer’s affects so many parts of the patient’s life, including the family, a multidisciplinary team of specialists will work together to provide a care plan. These experts include:
- Advanced Practice Nurses (dementia specialists)
- Neuropsychometric testers
- Clinical Trials
- Social workers
The Future of Alzheimer’s Disease
Researchers at VCU Health are researching and testing novel treatments to improve the quality of life for those with Alzheimer’s disease. Through extensive research and discovery, our team is bringing innovation to Alzheimer’s disease patients, every day.
How to Make an Appointment
To see one of our Alzheimer’s specialists, please call (804) 828-9350 to schedule your appointment, usually within a few weeks of your initial call. To refer a patient or to find out more about our services, please contact one of our team members in the Department of Neurology at (804) 828-9350.