Memory loss problems, confusion and mood disorders can affect up to 1 in 14 people above the age of 65 years and this increases to 1 in 5 above the age of 85.
These common complaints could be a sign of underlying brain or physical illness such as Alzheimer's disease. Early diagnosis, treatment and ongoing support for chronic brain illness helps people remain independent, while also improving quality of life.
There is ongoing research into the use of MRI/CT scans within this area of medicine and at InHealth we keep a close eye on progress as it is being made.
Unfortunately, we do not offer memory clinics as a stand alone service at any of our units at present but we do offer MRI/CT scans across the country so please continue to read in case we can help.
The diagnosis of memory problems involves a clinical examination that includes a test of memory and other brain functions, an occupational therapy assessment (this provides information about a person's level of function) a brief physical examination as well as an MRI/CT brain scan.
If you or someone close to you has memory loss problems, confusion or mood disorders and you are concerned - please talk to the GP involved in the first instance. They will be best placed to advise on the next step.
Please note that you will need a referral from your GP to be seen at any of our clinics. We will request your referring GP to perform some blood tests and an ECG before your appointment.