Care Without Compromise
When should a person be referred to one of our specialists? Our subspecialty care is especially appropriate for patients with the following:
- Mild dementia without other major illnesses, who are interested in research studies
- Familial dementia
- Early-onset dementia (when symptoms begin before age 65)
- Rapidly progressive dementia beginning in the past year
- Atypical dementia
- Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) with prominent behavior or language disturbance
- Dementia with a movement disorder or Lou Gehrig's disease
- Uncertain but suspected dementia or isolated memory impairment
To download a brochure with this information, click
here or on the PDF icon.
To learn how to refer a patient to the Cognitive Disorders Clinic, please click here.
Better Care Through Education
"Dementia treatment needs to focus on families, who provide the bulk of patient care," says Center director Dr. Norman Foster. "Family members want to do what's right, and we give them the knowledge to do so."
An appointment with our Health Educator is a standard component of each patient's assessment. Supported through a partnership with the Utah Alzheimer's Association, the Health Educator provides patients and caregivers with essential information and tools for living with Alzheimer's and dementia. And right next door to the clinic is the Alzheimer's Learning and Resource Center, stocked with books, pamphlets and computer stations for anyone interested in learning more about Alzheimer's and dementia.
Dr. Foster highlights the critical role that primary care and referring physicians play in patient treatment and management. "To raise the standard of dementia care, we need to work with the region's existing network of providers," he says. To this end, the center will also offer resources for physicians, including phone consultations and training in dementia care.
Learn More ...
To learn more about patient care at the University of Utah Center for Alzheimer's Care, Imaging and Research, click HERE to view posters that were presented at our open house in November 2006.