The Memory Clinic

Clay County Hospital Center for Senior Renewal is now offering a Memory Clinic in partnership with the Southern Illinois University (SIU) School of Medicine Memory and Aging Network. The Memory and Aging Network is an outreach program of the Center for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders at SIU School of Medicine and serves 93 Illinois counties. Since its designation as a Regional Alzheimer’s Disease Assistance Center by the Illinois Department of Public Health in 1987, the SIU Center and its Memory & Aging Network are designed to provide services for individuals with memory disorders and their families.

There is no single test or exam that can properly diagnose a memory disorder, including Alzheimer’s disease. Therefore, a comprehensive evaluation is necessary to ensure the most accurate diagnosis and to initiate appropriate treatment.

Those experiencing signs of memory loss or dementia may schedule an evaluation themselves or may be referred by a physician or other professional. After the evaluation, patients remain under the care of their personal physicians. Memory loss disorders most commonly occur in people age 65 and older.

 

People are not getting the diagnosis early enough. – Debbie Devall, CCH Center for Senior Renewal Program Director

 

Memory loss can be the result of a treatable medical condition, or it could be related to dementia. Based on an assessment, further evaluation and testing by Dr. Napier (Medical Director at Senior Renewal) may be recommended. Follow-up assessments are set according to each individual case. – Greg Kyrouac, MSEd, Director of Education and Outreach Programs at SIU School of Medicine

 

What to Expect
Warning Signs

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the warning signs include: 

  • Memory loss that disrupts daily life.
  • Challenges in planning or solving problems.
  • Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, work, or leisure.
  • Confusion with time or place.
  • Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships.
  • New problems with words in speaking or writing.
  • Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps.
  • Decreased or poor judgment.
  • Withdrawal from work or social activities.
  • Changes in mood and personality.
Evaluations

  • In-depth medical history.
  • Functional assessment.
  • Cognitive evaluation.
  • Neurological exam.
  • Lab work.
  • Brain scan with MRI or CT imaging (if indicated).
  • Consultation with patient and family.
  • Discussion of treatment options.
  • Follow-up visits.
  • Referrals to other agencies to assist the patient and family (if indicated).
Services Included

  • Evaluation by Board-Certified Psychiatrist (MD)
  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Medication Education
  • Case Management
Phone Numbers

For more information or to schedule a comprehensive examination, call (618) 662-6621.

A physician referral is not required.