Services & Resources for the Patient and Family
Patient Evaluation and AssessmentOur physicians specialize in Alzheimer's disease and related memory disorders. If you are noticing changes in your loved one's memory and cognitive skills, please contact us. The sooner you identify the problem, the better your options are for treatment. Get information on memory care services for patients at the Byrd Alzheimer's Institute or by clicking here to read our Memory Care Services page.
Medication ReviewSeveral prescription dugs are currently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat people who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Treating the symptoms of AD can provide patients with comfort, dignity, and independence for a longer period of time and can encourage and assist caregivers as well.
If you or a loved one has questions about Alzheimer's disease medications please schedule a Medication Review appointment with our physicians by calling (813) 974-4355.
General information about FDA approved medications to treat individuals with Alzheimer's can be found by clicking here.
Family CounselingFamily caregivers looking after loved ones with Alzheimer's disease often experience a great deal of stress, which may ultimately lead to depression and compromise their caregiving ability. Individual and Caregiver Family Therapy helps families recognize sources of stress, learn coping techniques and put together an action plan to address specific issusses and concerns for their loved one and their family. To learn more about counseling and support services offered at the USF Health Byrd Alzheimer's Institute click here.
Caregiver EducationEight seminars are conducted each year throughout the greater Tampa Bay area named: "Alzheimer's Disease: What Caregivers Need to Know". This program is intended to help individuals who are caring for a family member with Alzheimer's disease or related memory disorder. Faculty from the USF Health Byrd Alzheimer's Institute will present on various aspects of AD and caregiver issues. There is no cost, but registration is required. Example Topics:
- Understanding Alzheimer's disease - diagnosis, symptoms and progression
- Medications and current treatment options
- Advances in research and current opportunities in clinical trials
- Communicating with the AD patient
- Managing troublesome behaviors
- Coping strategies for caregivers
- Schedule of Seminars
Support GroupsThe Alzheimer's Institute hosts multiple support groups that meet monthly to discuss a variety of issues related to caring for individuals with memory impairment.
We have started a monthly support group for individuals who have been recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's, are in the early stages of Alzheimer's or would like support coping with other memory impairment.
Alzheimer's Caregivers Support Group
Support Group for INDIVIDUALS recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's or memory loss
Drug StudiesThe Institute conducts numerous clinical drug studies for individuals with mild memory loss through moderate Alzheimer's disease. Drug studies provide you with the best care and give you access to medications before they are on the market. Our Clinical Research Experts are available to discuss participation in clinical trials at (813) 974-4355. More information about Clinical Research can be accessed here.
Resource LibraryAccess a library of reference materials designed to answer frequently asked questions about Alzheimer's disease and clinical research, provide general information about medications and other resources to assist patients and their caregivers.
Electronic Resource Library