***UPDATE June 8, 2020
We are pleased to inform that our Memory Clinic team continues to provide memory screenings and diagnostic evaluations during the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Although we are not able to see patients in person for now, we are still able to provide cognitive assessments remotely for the time being. We have recently converted into a tele-health assessment model during the time patients are not able to be seen in person or in their homes as usual.
Our nurse and social worker are able to conduct virtual meetings with the patient and family caregivers. The clinic neurologist is able to see the patient and talk to the family members via virtual meeting as well as for the diagnostic exam. Patient consent is obtained verbally and we are using a HIPPA compliant tele-medicine platform, under current modified HIPPA regulations.
In order to conduct these tele-health assessments, the patient and family caregivers need to have access to a smart phone or computer/laptop with camera and microphone, and a good internet connection.
If a patient/family does not have internet connection, the team is able to drop off a mobile Hot Spot unit and Chrome tablet prior to the assessment, instruct the caregiver how to use the equipment over the phone, and then arrange to pick up the equipment after the appointment.
We encourage physicians, other providers and family members to continue making referrals for cognitive assessments.
Professional providers can fax referrals to (414) 649-2824, Attention: Memory Clinic.
Family members can call (414) 649-2808 and leave a message and phone number we can call back.
We are glad to be able to continue meeting this important need for Latino older adults struggling with the anxiety of increasing memory loss and related challenges, and look forward to the day when we can soon begin making home visits and seeing patients in person at the clinic or in the home.***
Do you have concerns regarding your or your loved ones memory loss or behavioral changes? Do you want to know what is happening in order to improve the quality of life/care? Let us help you!
We are the only mobile Spanish speaking Memory Clinic in Southeastern Wisconsin that completes free initial memory screenings in the home or in our clinic. Depending on the results of the initial screening you will receive a referral to see a neurologist in the clinic who will provide a diagnosis and recommend treatment for your primary care physician to follow. We also work in conjunction with the Alzheimer’s Association to aid patients with accessing community resources available to those with Alzheimer’s disease and their families. Our goal is to increase awareness on the importance of early detection in order to increase the quality of life of those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other related Dementias. For more information click on the link below.
- More information about the Alzheimer’s Association (English)
- Alzheimers Association Website (En Español)
- Download our informational flyer
- Download our intake form
Overview of services:
- Free initial memory screen in Spanish completed in the home or clinic
- Diagnostic services and treatment recommendation by the neurologist
- Assistance, through the Alzheimer’s Association, in finding community resources and connecting patients with them
- Family caregiver training for those caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease, “Cuidando con Respeto”
- Youth caregiver training program for Latino youth as caregivers
- Virtual Dementia Tour (VDT) as a group-based, classroom experience, to learn more about what it is like for your loved one to live with Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementia
- Care consultations in Spanish by the Alzheimer’s Association representative, either via phone or in person, to aid families in the care of their loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or other related dementia
For more information, questions or concerns please contact the Latino Geriatric Center Memory Clinic at 414-649-2805. To make a referral you can call 414-649-2805 or fax the completed intake form/medical referral to 414-649-2824.
This project was supported, in part, by grant number 90ADPI0004-01-00 from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201.
Well, what is Dementia?
Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a wide range of symptoms in the brain when it is affected by certain diseases and/or conditions. With Dementia there is a noted decline in thinking abilities to the degree that it interferes with a person’s day to day function.
What causes Dementia?
Dementia can be caused by various diseases and conditions. Some irreversible deteriorative diseases include but are not limited to Alzheimer’s disease. If detected early some conditions that may cause a decline in cognitive thinking such as: depression, adverse drug effects, sleep apnea, and hypothyroidism, can be reversible.
Why is it important to seek help when a concern arises?
It is very important to identify the actual cause of dementia in order to provide the most appropriate care. As previously mentioned, in some cases it can be reversible and the person may be able to return to their previous abilities if they are diagnosed and treated earlier in the disease. Also, earlier diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias may help people make sense of what is occurring with the person affected. It also allows the families and the patient to plan for the future and improve the quality of life/care.
How can we help?
We are the only mobile Spanish speaking Memory Clinic in Southeastern Wisconsin of whom complete free initial memory screens in the home or in the clinic. The initial screen is completed by a bilingual registered nurse and social worker. Depending on the results of the initial screen there will be a referral to see the neurologist, affiliated with UCC through Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin, in the clinic. During the appointment with the neurologist they will provide the patient and the family with a diagnosis as well as recommendations for the patients primary care physician to follow. The neurologist will also provide a recommendation for the family to meet with the a representative of the Alzheimer’s Association, who will be present during the medical doctor appointment. The Alzheimer’s Association representative will provide the patient and the family with education on the disease and will inform the families of other community resources available to aid with the plan of care. This will help to improve the quality of life of the patient and aid with reducing the risk of caregiver burn out.