Alzheimer’s & Memory Disorders Program
About Our Program
You are what you know, what you remember. That is why memory disorders are so disturbing. And, as the population grows older, more and more people become concerned about their memory.
Minor changes in memory are actually normal, and sometimes the perception of memory loss is just a mistake. Depression and anxiety can give you the impression that you are losing your memory when medical testing proves otherwise.
Other people with mild cognitive impairment have real problems with memory or intellect, yet still function normally and are fully independent. Some remain unchanged for many years, but others develop the significant impairment, known as dementia.
Alzheimer’s disease, a degenerative condition of the brain, is the most common cause of dementia. Its intensity can range from mild to severe. But Alzheimer’s disease is not the only condition that causes dementia.
The Barrow Difference
Too often, people who seek health care for concerns of memory disorders receive a “diagnose and adiós” approach. While there is no known cure for most forms of dementia, we believe a holistic approach can ease the burden of disease on patients and caregivers.
With our comprehensive clinical and wraparound services, we go beyond the diagnosis and prescription pad. Our team promises to help patients and care partners understand dementia and the challenging road ahead.
Comprehensive, Individualized Care
We also know that this road is different for everyone. At Barrow Neurological Institute, we strive to create a unique roadmap for every patient and family affected by dementia. Our cognitive disorders specialists thoroughly evaluate each patient and provide an individualized disease-management plan. This plan encompasses both medical and non-medical needs. Our experts in behavioral and cognitive health, geriatric neuropsychiatry, and social work are here to help every step of the way.
Our patients and caregivers have the opportunity to participate in support groups, workshops, and seminars. Some of these events are designed for both patients and care partners, while others are solely created for care partners. We address issues unique to the dementia community. These include coping with ambiguous loss and handling sensitive topics such as driving and assisted living.
Additionally, our website provides a variety of downloadable resources for patients and caregivers. We offer an in-depth guide for managing the day-to-day challenges of caregiving, quick tip sheets, and companion cards.
As our clinicians are caring for patients today, they’re also working with our neuroscientists to find the treatments of the future. Barrow is home to ample laboratory space and often participates in multi-site clinical trials for individuals in various stages of cognitive impairment. We serve as a study site for the largest international trial to date to evaluate deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery for mild probable Alzheimer’s. We also conduct prevention studies focused on ultimately finding a cure for Alzheimer’s and related dementias.
What We Treat
Alzheimer's Disease and Cognitive Disorders
Forgetfulness / Mild Cognitive Impairment
Frontotemporal Degeneration (FTD)
Lewy Body Dementia
Tests, Treatments & Procedures
Cognitive Team Contact Sheet
June 2023 Alzheimer’s Program Event Schedule
July 2023 Alzheimer’s Program Event Schedule
Alzheimer’s Patient Cards
LBD Care Partner Support Group
Virtual Memory Café Care Partner Support Group
Taking Care: Managing Dementia with Dignity
Dementia Tip Sheet: Eating
Dementia Tip Sheet: Motivation
Dementia Tip Sheet: Oral Care
Demencia con Dignidad: Cómo Navegar la Pérdida de la Memoria
Sign Up for the Cognitive Connection
Cognitive Connection: Nov. & Dec. 2020
Welcome to the Alzheimer's and Memory Disorders Program
An Introduction to Alzheimer's Disease
Normal Aging, Mild Cognitive Impairment, and Dementia
Diagnosing Alzheimer's Disease
Current Treatments and Research for Alzheimer's Disease
Demystifying Symptoms and Changes of Dementia: Ways to Help with Person-Centered Care
Finding Joy in Dementia: Part 1
Finding Joy in Dementia: Part 2
Flourishing in Love and Intimacy as a Dementia Care Partner: Part 1
Flourishing in Love and Intimacy: Part 2
Flourishing in Love and Intimacy: Part 3
Flourishing in Love and Intimacy: Part 4
Flourishing in Love and Intimacy: Part 5
Staying Connected through Travel
Preparing for Successful Travel
Redefining Successful Travel
Asking for and Accepting Help from Others
Welcome to the Alzheimer's and Memory Disorders Program at Barrow
Assisting with Covid-19 Precautions
About the Author: Jan Dougherty, RN
Caring for the Alzheimer's Caregiver
Barrow Neurologist Discusses Alzheimer’s Drug Trial Results
Barrow Neurologist Weighs in on Alzheimer’s Drug
Barrow Study Suggests Immune Cells Contribute to Neurodegeneration
DBS Surgery Provides New Hope for Patients with Alzheimer’s Disease
U.S. News & World Report: Barrow a Top Center for Neurology and Neurosurgery
Barrow Seeks Participants for New Alzheimer’s Drug Trial
Barrow Increasing Clinical Trials for Alzheimer’s Disease
Alzheimer’s Disease Care Partner Support Group
Café del Recuerdo – Grupo para familiares y cuidadoras (es) de personas con Alzheimer o demencias relacionadas
Frontotemporal Degeneration Care Partner Support Group