For adult children, it can be one of the most emotional challenges they face: how to help a parent who may be suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. “Often times, the problem with Alzheimer’s/dementia is the person lacks the insight to understand that things are a problem,” explains psychologist, Dr. Kelly O’Neal.

Lee Memory Care is designed to diagnose and treat the aging parent while providing guidance for adult children. “Coming to the memory clinic, a comprehensive evaluation would include a neuropsychological evaluation with myself or the other neuropsychologists here. We take a look at the bacic cognitive functions of the brain.”

Then it’s on to the next team member. “Following a neuropsychological evaluation or prior to that, they might meet with the gerontologist or the neurologist here who would do their evaluation.” Once the facts and information are assembled; then comes a discussion. “The team sits down together once we gather all this data and comes to a consensus on what the diagnosis might be, recommendations that we would have. It gives you not just a first and second opinion, but a third, and fourth and fifth opinion.”

During this entire process, the team also puts together a plan for the adult children or caregiver ranging from medical care to living arrangements, even financial guidance.

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