Who We Help
At CPMC’s Brain Health Center we understand that cognitive changes, including memory loss, affect people at any age. There are many conditions that can cause cognitive decline, some of which can be treated and resolved. A formal diagnosis can provide you and your loved ones with an opportunity to plan for the support and care which may be needed in the future. Through diagnosis, treatment and making the necessary lifestyle changes for optimal brain health, you may be able to slow down further decline and enhance your overall well-being.
Individuals who could benefit from the services offered at the Brain Health Center are persons of any age who experience cognitive changes, such as increased forgetfulness, confusion and disorientation, or a decrease in focus and ability to concentrate.
Some of the indirect consequences and potential contributing factors to cognitive decline can be:
- Confusion or irritability
- Isolation which can cause loss of interest in friends, family, and social events
- Progressive seclusion, isolation or distrust
Observing cognitive decline in yourself or in a family member can be very distressing for you and your loved ones. Early intervention can stabilize cognitive decline, delay further decline or at times reverse the process for some people.
Treatment at the Brain Health Center begins with a comprehensive evaluation by a physician and a member of the Care Navigation Team.
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Before a patient visits CPMC's Brain Health Center, a thorough review is done of existing medical records. During the appointment, the doctor will ask questions regarding the history of symptoms and how they have affected the patient’s daily functioning. The doctor also performs a neurologic examination and initial cognitive screening. Any medications taken by the patient are reviewed and changes may be suggested.
During your visit at the Brain Health Center, you will also have the opportunity to meet with a member of the Care Navigation Team who will conduct a brief psychosocial assessment and who will be available for ongoing support and planning.
Based on the findings, recommendations for further diagnostic testing are made and may include:
- Diagnostic Tests
- Laboratory Tests
- Sleep Evaluation
- Nutritional Assessment
- Psycho-Social Assessment
- Neuropsychological Testing
After the visit, the Brain Health Center providers communicate their findings and recommendations to the patient's primary care provider in an effort to create a network of care that optimally supports the patient's safety and well-being.
Within a few weeks, a member of the Care Navigation Team will call to check in with you and your family to offer any assistance and/or support needed in following through on the recommendations provided at the time of the initial visit.
The Care Navigation Team (CNT) meets with you and your loved one at the time of your visit. Depending on your needs we refer you to any of the many services we offer: social work services, case management, on-site Alzheimer’s Association assistance and individual, family and group psychotherapy.
During the first visit, CNT staff provides an explanation of services and conducts a brief assessment. Within the following few weeks, Care Navigation Team staff contacts you and/or your family to continue the assessment process and to address any barriers to medical provider recommendations.
A care plan is then initiated that continually supports you in navigating the health care system. Our goal is to provide ongoing support throughout your treatment at the Brain Health Center.