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Memory Assessment Program

What is the Dean Memory Assessment Program?

Warning Signs of Memory Loss

The following are possible signs that you or a family member may need an assessment:

  • Memory loss that affects day-to-day function
  • Difficulty performing familiar tasks
  • Problems with language
  • Disorientation of time and place
  • Poor or decreased judgment
  • Problems with abstract thinking
  • Misplacing things
  • Changes in mood and behavior
  • Changes in personality
  • Loss of initiative

We help determine if memory loss needs further medical attention. A visit with a multi-disciplinary group of providers (including a neurologist, neuropsychologist and clinical staff) includes multiple diagnostic tools to determine whether or not a memory problem requires further medical treatment or follow-up.

The Dean Memory Assessment Program is affiliated with the Alzheimer's Association and the Wisconsin Alzheimer's Institute. We can help support you with:

  • Potential lifestyle changes
  • Practical behavioral strategies
  • Prescriptions for medications
  • Referrals to community agencies

What can I expect at the appointment?

Each appointment will last approximately two hours. The first part of the visit includes a meeting between the patient and a neuropsychologist, while at the same time the patient's family members or caretakers take part in a separate meeting with specially trained clinical staff.

These meetings include a series of questions and various assessment tools to help us learn about the memory loss you've been experiencing. This information will then be passed on to the neurologist who will conduct the second part of the appointment.

The neurologist will start by discussing your history with you and conducting a physical exam. Then, a family conference will help us collect more details and determine whether or not medication or follow-up care is needed. The doctor can also provide information on potential lifestyle changes, practical behavioral strategies, prescriptions for medications, and/or referrals to community agencies.

How do I make an appointment?

Appointments are offered on Thursdays at the Dean & St. Mary's Outpatient Center and take approximately two hours. For more information, please talk with a primary care provider who can offer a referral. Then call (608) 260-3425 to schedule an appointment.