Assessment and Follow-up
Neuropsychological Assessment and Follow-up: A neuropsychological assessment includes a clinical interview with patients and family members to understand their concerns and problems. Our neuropsychologist first reviews the patient’s symptoms, medical history, medications, and other important factors. Patients then complete tests that assess many areas of thinking and memory. Test scores are compared to scores from healthy people who are similar in age and education. Using these methods, a pattern of cognitive strengths and weaknesses is identified. Testing can help determine whether memory concerns are due to normal age-related changes or if they reflect a neurological disorder. Testing can also be used as a tool to help differentiate among diseases. Following the evaluation, our neuropsychologist meets with the patient and his or her family to discuss the findings, provide recommendations pertinent to safety and day-to-day living, and answer any questions.
Psychotherapy: Several of our neuropsychologists conduct psychotherapy with patients and/or their family members. The type and duration of the therapy provided varies by the individual, but is often times focused on helping individuals adjust to a new diagnosis or effectively cope with the symptoms of a disease.