Have you or a loved one noticed that you have begun to repeat yourself more often, that you find yourself lost while on your way to familiar locations, or that you have a harder time following complex instructions? Forgetfulness, slower processing, and other mild changes in thinking can be a normal part of aging, and it is not uncommon for older adults to worry when they experience these kinds of difficulties. It can certainly be a challenge for individuals and their loved ones to know when these are healthy, age-related changes or whether they indicate a more serious concern.
The QMG Memory Clinic is designed to evaluate and treat adults who are experiencing memory loss or other changes in thinking. This clinic provides patients with the opportunity to meet with a coordinated care team that includes a board-certified physician who specializes in geriatric medicine, as well a neuropsychologist, registered nurse, and medical social worker. The evaluation includes a physical examination, cognitive and psychosocial screening, and a meeting with the patient and family to discuss the findings and establish a treatment plan. Patients can self-refer, or be referred to the clinic by their primary care doctor, other treating physicians, or family members/caregivers.
The primary goals of the memory clinic are:
The Memory Clinic is designed to assess memory or thinking concerns in adults who do not yet have an established diagnosis. Patients with stable developmental disorders, acquired brain injuries, or a previously diagnosed neurodegenerative disorder should continue recommended care as advised by their primary care physician.
Your memory clinic care team includes:
Preparing for your visit:
- Complete the Patient History Questionnaire prior to your visit. You can download here, or request a copy be sent to you in the mail.
- If possible, ask a family member or trusted individual who knows your current concerns to join you for this appointment in order to assist with providing background information.
- Bring insurance information to the visit. If you have any questions regarding insurance coverage for this visit, please contact your insurance company.
- Bring eyeglasses, contact lenses, and hearing aids to the appointment if you normally use them.
- Take your regularly prescribed medications on the day of your visit; do not use optional medications or substances that may cause drowsiness or alter thinking, such as allergy, pain, or anti-anxiety medication, alcohol, or cannabis on the day of your visit.
For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please call (217) 222-6550, ext. 3788.
Outside referral information may be faxed to (217) 231-3858.