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Memory problems can have many causes. Every patient is different, and treating memory loss due to stroke requires a different strategy than preserving memory in a person with late-onset Alzheimer’s disease. At the University of Miami Health System’s Memory Program, we take a comprehensive approach to assessing and diagnosing cognitive aging, so you can be assured that you or your loved one will receive individualized care.

We strive to help our patients and caregivers manage their problems so as to maintain the highest possible quality of life. Our memory program offers a full array of clinical services to help people with memory disorders, including the following:

  • Comprehensive medical and neurological evaluations and examinations
  • Advanced brain imaging technology
  • Neuropsychological diagnostic testing
  • Appropriate medication therapy tailored to the individuals need
  • Nutritional and dietary support
  • Access to the latest research programs in the country

Conditions and Treatments

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you help someone with severe memory loss?

The first step is finding out the cause of the problem, which might be related to a neurological or medical condition. Our team draws on our clinical experience as well as our advanced technology to determine the cause of memory loss.

My family member has other medical problems as well as memory loss. What should I do?

When people have several medical problems, it is very important to go to a program with specialists in different fields. That is the best way to ensure that the patient gets the best possible care for all conditions.

How do you treat memory loss?

The nature of the treatment depends on the cause of the condition and the severity of the memory loss. Today, there are a number of drugs that can help individuals with memory loss and many new medications are now being developed (see our Clinical Trials page).

Can memory loss be reversed?

Yes, there are patients that respond to treatment with improvement in their memory. With each patient, we determine what is the best course of treatment and the most likely outcome.

What about diet and nutrition?

Some studies indicate certain foods or supplements may be helpful in patients with memory loss. This is an area of ongoing research at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

Why Choose UHealth?

Research center. The University of Miami Health System is home to national leaders of research into the neurological causes and treatments of memory disorders.  There you will also find the Evelyn F. McKnight Center for Age-Related Memory Loss, which is among few of its kind in the nation.

Comprehensive medical and neurological evaluations and examinations. Our multidisciplinary team of specialists includes a geriatric psychiatrist, a neurologist, neuropsychologists, social workers, and other clinical staff who provide expert evaluation and diagnostic services, as well as support and education for caregivers.

Neuropsychological diagnostic testing. The team at Clinical Neuropsychology Service is actively joining forces with the experts at the Memory Disorders Clinic to research the early detection of mild cognitive impairment in Alzheimer’s disease and the development of brain fitness programs.

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