An important service at Maine Medical Center's Geriatric Center is the Memory Disorders 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.
Referral and 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. Appointments are offered Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday.