Memory and Behavioral Changes

As we age, many of us develop concerns about our memory, especially when it comes to figuring out what are normal moments of confusion or memory slips versus what may be the beginning of a more serious disorder. In the Cognitive Neurology and Memory Disorders Program at BIDMC, we apply the latest behavioral, genetic and imaging tests to diagnose and treat a wide range of memory and behavioral problems. Our integrated approach means we provide the right care to help make sure you have the best long-term outcome.

Overview and Symptoms
Our multidisciplinary team of neurologists, neuropsychologists, psychiatrists, genetic counselors, social workers, nurses and other professionals works together to determine the exact cause of your impairment. 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.


We employ effective behavioral, lifestyle and medication regimens to treat a range of issues, from the mildest memory symptoms to severe memory or behavioral disorders. Our multidisciplinary team works together to perform a comprehensive evaluation and develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your individual strengths and weaknesses. You may also have the opportunity to participate in state-of-the art observational research studies and advanced clinical trials.


The Department of Neurology provides a full range of both inpatient and outpatient neurological services through a variety of subspecialty clinics, including Cognitive Neurology, Epilepsy, Stroke, Neuromuscular Disease, Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders, Neuro-ophthalmology, Neuro-oncology, Neuro-HIV, Neurogenetics, Multiple Sclerosis, and Sleep Disorders.

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The Neuropsychology Assessment Center provides neuropsychological assessments that help identify neurocognitive strengths and relative weaknesses and to determine the most appropriate ways to succeed in school, work and daily living.

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