What Services Are Available?
Adults concerned about their memory can learn
the source of their problem – and what can be
done to improve it – through the services of
Mountain Memory Assessment. These include:
Treatment recommendations and suggestions for
the patient’s physician
Referrals to other professionals
Actions the patient can take, such as
activities and exercises.
Should I Consider An Evaluation?
You should strongly consider an evaluation if
any of these things have happened:
Your friends, family or co-workers have
expressed concern about your memory or changes
in your behavior.
You have become lost or confused while driving
in a familiar area.
You have started to have problems at work
because of changes in your memory or other
aspects of your thinking.
You have forgotten where important or
frequently used things are kept.
You have burned food because you forgot you
You should also consider an evaluation if any of
the following symptoms or problems have become
worse over the past year or two.
You are generally forgetful.
You have trouble remembering what you did
It is hard for you to concentrate.
You have trouble remembering what you read.
You misplace things.
You forget why you went into rooms.
You forget what you wanted to buy at the
You forget appointments or dates with friends.
You have difficulty recalling words or names
You forget what you are saying in the middle
You forget having had conversations.
You can’t recall details of recent events.
Family or friends tell you that you repeat
yourself a lot.
It is hard for you to multitask (do more than
one thing at a time).
It is hard for you to follow recipes or other
Benefits Of A Neuropsychological Assessment
Our imagining the worst causes most of our fear
about memory loss. Just knowing whether there is
a problem will bring your fears into the light
and help dispel them. There are many effective
treatments depending upon what is wrong, but the
first step is to learn the truth about whether a
A memory disorder assessment will help you:
Understand what is causing your problems with
memory and other aspects of your cognitive
Experience peace of mind. Many causes of
memory loss are treatable. Often there is no
neurological disease. If you have a disease, an
assessment will help ensure you receive the most
Understand your cognitive strengths and
Learn what you can do to maintain your memory,
overall cognitive functioning, and independence.
Know where to go for other types of testing or
specific treatments that might be helpful.
Learn about community resources and where to
go for more help.
Know what to expect in the future, including
how your memory loss is likely to progress and
what your future needs will probably be. This
will help you to plan for the future.
Have a baseline measurement of your memory and
thinking to more accurately assess any future
Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease is
“Any delay in diagnosis is a setback for people
with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers –
and a delay of two years or more is a serious
and unnecessary setback. While facing
Alzheimer’s disease is never easy, getting a
diagnosis is an essential step to managing and
treating the disease. Living with this in
silence can isolate people with Alzheimer’s
disease and their caregivers, leaving them
without critical support, resources, and proper
Eric J. Hall
Chief Executive Officer
Alzheimer’s Foundation of America
Extending the amount of time that a patient can
remain independent can be a priceless gift.
Here’s how an early diagnosis can help you:
Slow the decline. Early detection of memory
loss provides an opportunity for healthcare
professionals to treat this condition. Treated
early, it may be possible to slow the decline in
memory and other cognitive functions.
Improve your health prospects. For progressive
illnesses, such as Alzheimer's disease, early
diagnosis can improve your future health.
Although there is currently no cure for
Alzheimer's disease, available and emerging
medical treatments may slow the progression of
symptoms. Current medications potentially help
maintain a person's ability to think clearly and
perform everyday tasks for longer than if left
Improve your quality of life. With early
diagnosis, your and your family can learn more
about the disease and obtain counseling and
other support in your community.
Plan ahead and make better decisions. Early
detection will permit you to address legal,
financial, and other issues before it is too
late. This can allow you to have more say about
your future care.
Ease the burden on caregivers and family.
Those who will see to your needs can start
taking advantage of community services that can
reduce stress and help their physical and
emotional well-being. By discussing treatment
options, future care, and other issues with your
loved ones, you may save them from the need to
make these decisions for you on their own.
Knowing that a loved one’s wishes have been
followed is often a great source of comfort for
What to Expect During an Assessment
Each assessment consists of two parts.
Part 1 is an interview to get detailed
information about the problems you are having.
With your consent, our doctor may also speak to
someone who knows you well to get another
perspective on your difficulties. He will
thoroughly review your background to see how you
should be functioning now, what could
potentially account for your difficulties, and
what can be done to maximize your functioning.
Part 2 of the assessment consists of a number of
tasks to help our doctor assess factors such as
your memory, attention and concentration,
reasoning and problem-solving skills, and
language. The length of the evaluation varies
depending on several factors including your age
and the problems you are having.
Our doctor will find out how you are doing
overall, but your pattern of strengths and
weaknesses is most important – what are you good
at and what are you not so good at. That’s what
provides the most information and will allow him
to determine what is wrong. That’s why it is
very important that you try your best at
everything. If you try hard at some things and
not others, the pattern will be misleading and
won’t be much help.
You should plan on being at our office for about
4½ to 5½ hours not counting a lunch break. There
are several nearby restaurants, or you may bring
your lunch with you. Dress comfortably for the
evaluation. It is important that you get a good
night’s sleep and have at least a little
breakfast the morning of your evaluation, so
that you will be at your best.
Follow Up: Most patients return within two weeks
of the evaluation for a one-hour follow up
session in order to learn about their results
and to go over our doctor’s impressions and
Contact us today to schedule your assessment or
to learn more about our services.