A memory disorder diagnosis can be challenging for families. At Baptist Health, we’re committed to developing personalized treatment plans to care for the whole person and address the needs of their caregivers.

Our memory disorders program is made up of specialists from Baptist Health Miami Neuroscience Institute and Marcus Neuroscience Institute. Our expert team includes neurologists with special certification in neuroimaging.

We’re proud to offer the latest diagnostic and treatment technology, including advanced imaging designed to find areas of the brain affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other memory disorders.

Our Approach to Memory Disorders & Alzheimer’s Disease Care

Our Approach to Memory Disorders & Alzheimer’s Disease Care

When you choose Baptist Health, you can expect:

  • Access to South Florida’s top experts in memory disorders
  • Advanced technology that can help us provide a more accurate diagnosis and personalized treatment plan
  • Compassionate care from a team that understands the challenges of living with a memory disorder

What Are Memory Disorders?

Memory disorders (also called neurocognitive disorders or dementia) affect learning, memory, perception and problem-solving.

Memory disorders are most often caused by damage to areas of the brain responsible for storing or retaining memories. Some memory disorders develop suddenly. Others develop over time.

Most types of memory disorders are not passed down through families. Some rare forms of dementia can be hereditary. Our team will talk with you about your genetic risk for Alzheimer’s disease or another memory disorder.

Memory disorders can affect more than memory. They can cause changes to behavior, speech and thinking.

Most memory disorders can’t be cured. However, many treatments are available to reduce the symptoms of memory disorders or prevent them from worsening.

Types of Memory Disorders

The Baptist Health Brain & Spine Care team treats all types of memory disorders, including:

  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Lewy Body Dementia
  • Frontotemporal Degeneration (Frontotemporal Dementia)

Our team helps treat memory disorders caused by cerebrovascular disease (vascular dementia), Parkinson disease or stroke. We also treat behavioral problems caused by memory disorders.

Diagnosing Memory Disorders

Baptist Health Brain & Spine Care doctors conduct many tests to diagnose memory disorders. They start with a physical exam and test motor skills, sensory function, walking ability and balance.

Our team also conducts memory tests and speech and language evaluations. One of our neuropsychologists may evaluate you to understand your cognitive (thinking) abilities.

Sometimes, your doctor will order blood tests or tests of spinal fluid samples to make an accurate diagnosis.

Imaging tests are also used to diagnose memory disorders. These tests can detect brain changes or other conditions that could cause memory problems. The most common imaging tests used to diagnose memory disorders include:

  • Marcus Neuroscience Institute is one of the only institutes in the region with access to MRI with neuro-quantification. This type of MRI uses a computer to give a detailed analysis of the brain. This imaging test also checks for brain tissue loss.

    Several Baptist Health Brain & Spine Care neurologists have neuroimaging certification from the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties (UCNS). This certification means they are trained to read the advanced test results provided by MRI with neuro-quantification.

Memory Disorders Treatments

At Baptist Health, you can access the latest medication and infusion therapies for memory disorders. We also offer physical, occupational and speech therapy.

Memory disorder treatment plans may also include cognitive programs or brain games. These therapies — often available on a home computer — can help improve symptoms and slow the progression of a memory disorder.

  • Baptist Health also offers support for families affected by memory disorders. We partner with Florida Atlantic University’s Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center to provide a variety of support programs, including:

    • Adult daycare
    • Counseling
    • Gentle chair yoga
    • Neuropsychological testing
    • Support groups

Meet Our Memory Disorders & Alzheimer’s Disease Specialists

Our team of physicians, advanced practice providers and nurses have specialized training and provide compassionate care for people with memory disorders.

Our Locations

  • Marcus Neuroscience Institute | Boca Raton
    Opens at 8 a.m.

    Marcus Neuroscience Institute | Boca Raton

    800 Meadows Road Boca Raton, FL 33486
  • Marcus Neuroscience Institute | Boca Raton (Glades Road)
    Opens at 8 a.m.

    Marcus Neuroscience Institute | Boca Raton (Glades Road)

    670 Glades Road, Suite 300 Boca Raton, FL 33431
  • Memory Disorders Clinical Trials

    Memory Disorders Clinical Trials

    Clinical trials are important for advancing new treatments and therapies for memory disorders.

    A current clinical trial led by researchers from Miami Neuroscience Institute and Florida International University’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine will determine the safety and effectiveness of using ultrasound to treat Alzhemier’s disease.

    Called ExAblate Blood-Brain Barrier Disruption for the Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease, the study uses MRI imaging to guide low-intensity focused ultrasound (LIFU) with ultrasound contrast agents to areas of the brain where amyloid accumulates. Amyloid is a large molecule associated with Alzheimer’s disease development. The researchers hope that factors already in a patient’s bloodstream will be able to clear out some of the amyloid and allow memory and cognition to improve. If you have questions or are interested in participating, please call: 305-348-9499

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