Memory Disorders Program
An important service
at Maine Medical Center's Geriatric Center is the
Program. Designed to specifically assess
memory and other problems with thinking, this clinic is
staffed by a Geriatrician, a Geriatric Psychiatrist, a
Clinical Nurse Specialist, an Occupational Therapist and
a Social Worker. There is also access to Neurology
and Neuropsychology specialists if needed.
Depending on the cognitive symptoms and history, all or
some of the team will meet with the patient and
caregivers to provide assessment and care.
During the assessment, the team looks at multiple factors that
can influence a person's thinking. These factors
include major physical illness, medication and other
substance use, depression and the presence of
stroke related injury. When identified, efforts to correct
or minimize their effect on thinking are made. In
evaluating Alzheimer's and other types of dementia, the
team examines the severity of changes in thought, emotion and behavior.
At the Geriatric
Center, we strive to provide clear information about
dementia and practical strategies that help the patient
be safe, comfortable and as independent as possible. We
rely on both medication and non-medication treatment
strategies and support of both patients and their caregivers is important to us.
coordination with community programs such as the
Alzheimer's Association, Southern Maine Agency on Aging
and home service providers are one of our
strengths. Follow-up care is often arranged
following the initial memory disorder
assessment. Clinics are held on Wednesdays and
Please call (207)
662-2847 to schedule an appointment.
Meet the Memory Disorders