Memory loss is indicated by an unusual level of forgetfulness. Patients may be unable to remember new events, recall one or more memories of the past, or both. Memory loss may be a sign of Alzheimer's disease or other forms of age-related dementia.
The SIU Memory and Aging Clinic provides complete memory and cognitive assessment, treatment, education, referral and counseling services to patients and their families. Ongoing research and teaching activities complement our clinical services, allowing us to provide the latest and most optimal medical care in the region.
The SIU Memory and Aging Clinic evaluation may include:
- Physical and neurological examination
- Psychosocial evaluation
- Evaluation of possible medication toxicity or drug interaction
- Medical and social history
- Diagnostic testing, including laboratory tests, a brain scan (CT or MRI) and /or neuropsychological testing as indicated. PET scan, EEG and CSF exam may be recommended in certain cases.
Your First Appointment
As a new patient in the Memory and Aging Clinic, you will be greeted at the reception desk. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment to complete the registration process. Bring the following with you
- Photo ID
- Insurance card & address of insurance carrier.
- The SIU questionnaire (sent via mail prior to appointment).
- Managed care referral, if applicable.
- Accurate list of medications, or bring the actual medication bottles.
- Co-pay, if applicable.
In addition you may be asked to bring medical records, x-rays or laboratory reports. If applicable, please make sure you bring these with you so your clinician can fully evaluate your medical history and condition.
Residents, Fellows and Medical Students
Because we are part of an academic medical center, you may be seen by a medical student, resident physician or fellow who is supervised by a faculty physician, in addition to being seen by a physician or nurse practitioner. Students are college graduates in their third or fourth year of medical school training. Residents and fellows are licensed physicians in the state of Illinois, who are pursuing advanced training.