Byrd Alzheimer's Institute

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Diagnostic Memory Assessment

If you or a family member are experiencing changes in your memory, our expert medical staff can conduct a comprehensive memory assessment to help us identify your specific type of memory loss and offer customized treatment options. Fees are typically covered by insurance companies.

Common reasons for having a diagnostic memory assessment include:

  • If you notice a change in memory abilities, such as frequently forgetting simple facts (e.g. names, places)
  • If you notice things (e.g. keys, wallet) getting lost more frequently
  • If you notice confusion with place and time (e.g. getting lost or mixing up appointments)
  • If you received a diagnosis of dementia or Alzheimer’s but want a second opinion

Once we receive your new appointment request, we will review it and call you to schedule an appointment with one of our providers.

Some patients are referred to our Center for Memory C.A.R.E. (Clinical Assessment, Research and Education) on the second floor; a comprehensive, multidisciplinary diagnostic clinic for minimally or mildly-impaired patients seeking a first-time diagnosis. This may include visits with our internal medicine physician, geriatric psychiatrist, pharmacist, and occupational therapist during the course of a single morning. The primary goal of the C.A.R.E. Center is to identify neurodegenerative diseases in patients before symptoms become debilitating, and patients must meet certain criteria and a degree of medical complexity to qualify. If your insurance will not cover this team approach, a diagnostic evaluation can be provided with a single clinician in our first-floor clinic as well.

Occasionally, we might determine that you or your loved one may be better served by another provider or clinic within the Neuroscience Institute (for example, if a patient has a longstanding and complicated history of mental illness). Our receptionist will let you know if this is the case, and will assist you in obtaining such an appointment.

If you have questions about making a diagnostic appointment with one of our providers, please call our clinic at (813) 974-4355.

Free Memory Screening

Most of us recognize the benefits of yearly physical exams, dental visits and vision tests. But there is also a benefit to having our memory screened as well, especially for older adults. Early detection of memory problems is extremely valuable. If you are not sure yet if you need a formal medical evaluation of your memory, the USF Health Byrd Alzheimer's Center offers free, confidential, memory screenings. This 30-minute test is done with a trained memory screening administrator and is available in both English and Spanish. A memory screening cannot diagnose a disease but it can help determine if further evaluation is warranted, as well as offer a baseline for future comparison.

Scheduling a Screening

If you would like to schedule a memory screening please call (813) 396-0722. Someone from our Institute will then contact you to schedule the screening.

Questions

If you have any questions about the memory screenings, call Evelyn Rodriguez at (813) 396-0722.