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Treatment of memory disorders

The risk of memory disorder increases with age. Memory disorders are a central cause for deteriorating capabilities. Memory disorders develop individually, and having them diagnosed at an early stage is crucial.

Overweight, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes all increase the risk for memory disorders. Careful examination and monitoring help determine the cause of the symptoms, as temporary memory loss can also be caused by stress, fatigue or depression. The most common memory disorder is Alzheimer's disease.

Exercise, mental activity, good dietary choices and avoiding alcohol and drugs help prevent memory disorders. Regular monitoring helps us arrange suitable support and services for each individual, at every stage of the disease. Rehabilitation is important at all stages of the disease.

If you suspect a memory disorder, you should contact a geriatrician or internal medicine specialist who specialises in memory disorders, or a memory nurse. You can make an appointment by calling us. You do not need a referral. If a family member or a healthcare professional whom you have met suspects that you are suffering from a memory disorder, he or she can also make an appointment for you, with your consent. This is because we want to be able to diagnose the problem and begin the treatment as early as possible.

The key tools for diagnosing memory disorders are interviews, different kinds of memory tests (CERAD tasks or neuropsychological tests), brain scans (primarily MRI scans) and blood tests.

Based on the results, the nurse or physician assesses the severity of the problems and determines whether the patient suffers from a memory disorder. If the results are normal, no further action is required. Depression, debilitating diseases and unsuitable medication may also cause memory loss.

We will also support the patient’s family. For instance, we can provide information about the course and treatment of the disease and about how to apply for social support. 


Instructions

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Make an appointment with a geriatrician, an internist or a memory disorder specialist nurse online or by calling 09 7750 800.

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If you have received treatment or been for follow-up visits elsewhere, please bring any relevant lab and/or X-ray results and case histories. ECG results (heart film) are particularly useful. With your consent, we can ask your previous caregivers to send us your information. 

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When paying, you can make appointments for any further examinations that you have been prescribed.