Memory Loss and Brain Health

Our integrated team at the Center for Memory Loss and Brain Health provide comprehensive, patient centered, coordinated care for dementia and memory disorders, including assessment and treatment of dementia-related cognitive and psychological changes.

We understand how a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia can disrupt a family – that’s why we provide services not only for our patients, but for their families as well. We have assembled an expert team of fellowship-trained physicians from neurology and geriatrics to lead the program, along with:

  • Neuropsychologists who assess each patient’s cognitive health
  • Counseling psychologists who can help each patient and family handle the emotional effects of dementia
  • Social workers who can connect you with the resources your family needs
  • Research coordinators who manage clinical trials and can explain possible participation in these vital studies
  • Medical assistants and administrative staff who help with appointments and support you during your visits
  • Our team will communicate regularly with your primary care physician to maintain continuity of care

Conditions We Treat

Our team specializes in the treatment of memory disorders including:

  • Preventive strategies for Brain Health
  • Minimal cognitive impairment
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Vascular Dementia
  • Lewy Body Dementia
  • Limbic-predominant age-related TDP-43 encephalopathy
  • Memory loss associated with other neurological conditions, e.g. MS, Parkinson’s disease and stroke

Diagnosis

There is no single test to diagnose dementia. While symptoms of dementia can vary greatly, at least two of the following core mental functions must be significantly impaired to be considered dementia:

  • Memory
  • Communication and language
  • Ability to focus and pay attention
  • Reasoning and judgment
  • Visual perception

A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia is based on:

  • A careful examination of medical history
  • A physical examination
  • Laboratory tests
  • Characteristic changes in thinking
  • Changes in day-to-day function
  • Behavior changes

Treatment

Our highly specialized team members take pride in their expertise and commitment to state-of-the-art services including:

  • Neurological evaluation focused on making and confirming the correct diagnosis
  • Assessing high risk medication use and polypharmacy
  • Optimizing chronic medical conditions
  • Cognitive remediation
  • Gait Training
  • Nutrition
  • Nursing Care
  • Psychological Well-being and Health Behavior
  • Advance care planning
  • Social Services

Research

We are exploring ways to analyze all of the information we gather from our patients — such as demographics, other health issues, living situations, and support networks — to better understand dementia, and use these data to inform new avenues of study with the potential to improve care for people everywhere.

Patients and families may have the opportunity to participate in clinical trials with the potential to advance the field.

Coordination with Community Organizations

Community-based organizations are our allies in the care of people with dementia. Our team can connect you with resources in your community to help you or your loved one get the needed support.

Locations

The Center for Memory Loss and Brain Health is located at Hackensack University Medical Center.

The Center for Memory and Healthy Aging is located at Jersey Shore University Medical Center

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Our Doctors

Our neurological experts are equipped to care for the most intricate cases; from our fellowship-trained and board-certified physicians who hold the highest level of training and accreditation possible in their specialty, to our highly skilled nurses, we provide you with the best treatment options possible.

Dr Gall and Dr Sedarous
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