Is it Normal Aging or Something More?

Distinguishing Normal Memory Loss From Cognitive Disorders


As we age, many of us develop concerns about our memory, especially when it comes to figuring out what are normal “senior moments” versus what may be the beginning of a more serious memory disorder. In the Cognitive Neurology and Memory Disorders A2Z Program at BIDMC, we apply the latest behavioral, genetic and imaging tests to diagnose and treat a wide range of memory problems. We can reassure those whose memory issues are solely related to aging, and we can use the latest and most advanced treatments to help those with more significant memory impairment.

Comprehensive Evaluation and Treatment

We employ effective behavioral, lifestyle and medication regimens to treat a range of issues, from the mildest memory symptoms to severe disorders. Our multidisciplinary team of cognitive neurologists, psychiatrists, neuropsychologists and social workers who collaborate to perform a comprehensive evaluation and develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to each patient's individual strengths and weaknesses.

Research

Interested patients have the opportunity to participate in research studies at BIDMC testing new investigational treatments for cognitive disorders.

Specialties

We specialize in diagnosing and treating conditions such as:

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Parkinson’s disease, Lewy Body disease, and related cognitive disorders
  • Vascular impairment
  • Frontotemporal dementia
  • Other dementias
  • Acquired cognitive impairment such from stroke or brain injury