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Inova Memory Program is comprised of a multidisciplinary group of health professionals who evaluate and treat memory problems. Our team includes a variety of experts who are committed to providing comprehensive and compassionate care in these specialties:
- Geriatric medicine
- Geriatric psychiatry
- Social work
- Cognitive rehabilitation
What is dementia?
Dementia is a general term for selective degeneration of a particular part of the brain out of proportion to the normal, mild deterioration that happens with aging. The part of the brain that deteriorates determines the symptoms of the disease. The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer's, which primarily affects memory. However, there are several other types of dementia that selectively affect other areas of the brain and cause slightly different symptoms. This makes proper evaluation and diagnosis critical.
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How we can help you
Our team of experts can be reached by calling 703-776-4700. When we receive your call, we will briefly discuss your concerns and decide which of our specialists is most appropriate for an initial evaluation. We have doctors throughout Northern Virginia, making entry into our program especially convenient.
What to expect
On your first visit, the doctor will take a comprehensive health history and do a physical exam. They will then likely order testing to guide diagnosis and treatment. There is no single test to diagnose dementia, so you may be asked to undergo a number of assessments. This might include neuropsychological testing, brain imaging and bloodwork.
A summary of our findings will be sent to your primary care physician, and we will work with him or her as needed to tailor a treatment plan that is right for you. You will be offered medication, if appropriate, and other forms of treatment such as cognitive rehabilitation. We can also put you in touch with other resources in the community, such as support groups and adult day programs. Finally, for those interested in clinical trials, we will evaluate you for trials of new treatments, and if you qualify, help you to enter the study.