Memory Care Center
The Memory Care Center is a collaborative care relationship between Neuroscience Group and St. Paul Elder Services. It has a neurological focus and is an affiliated memory care clinic through the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute. You will be treated by an integrated team that includes a physician or advanced practice clinician, neuropsychologist and a social worker.
Who should schedule an appointment?
Medical evaluation is essential when memory loss interferes with the ability to carry out activities of daily living and seems progressive. Here are some of the warning signs:
- Challenges in planning or problem solving
- Difficulty completing familiar tasks
- Confusion with time or place
- Trouble with visual images and spatial relationships
- Change in ability to recall words or express self in conversation or writing
- Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
- Decreased or poor judgment
- Withdrawal from work or social activities
- Changes in mood or personality
What are some of the benefits of an appointment at the Memory Care Center?
- Identify treatable causes of memory changes
- Manage symptoms with medication and other interventions
- Open access to valuable support services and education
- Allow planning for the future
The Memory Care Center is located within Neuroscience Group’s Neenah Clinic.
-Bring a family member or support person
-Plan on 3 hours as you will be meeting with several different providers
-Complete your new patient paperwork that will be mailed to you ahead of time
Keys To Brain Health
While there are genetic factors that may predispose some of us to declining brain health, how we live our lives and take care of ourselves can make a big difference in the health of our brains!
Regular exercise improves blood flow to the brain and can enhance learning and memory. It can also improve mood and reduce stress and anxiety. Exercise keeps the cardiovascular system healthy. A healthy heart = A healthy brain! Exercise is one of the few interventions that has been proven to improve brain function, even better than any medication. The earlier you start, the better but it is never too late to add more activity to your day.
You are what you eat! Eating healthy foods reduces inflammation in the brain. Adding foods rich in antioxidants can help balance the harmful effects of lifestyle and the environment which cause inflammation of the brain. This means adding lots of vegetables, fruits, healthy fats and proteins to your diet. This also means reducing your intake of flour, sugar, and packaged foods. The MIND diet is a healthy template to follow and studies have shown that it can help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease by 35 to 53 percent. Click the image to the right to print your MIND diet handout.
Controlling medical risk factors is important for maintaining brain health. Make sure you see a health care provider regularly to treat problems like high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, depression, high cholesterol, smoking and excessive alcohol intake. These are all known contributors to dementia. A healthy body = A healthy brain.
Sleep and Relaxation
Sleep and relaxation are very important aspects of brain health. Getting restful sleep at night helps to improve energy, mood, the immune system, and may even help reduce buildup of an abnormal protein called beta-amyloid plaque. The buildup of this plaque in the brain is associated with Alzheimer’s disease. If you are not sleeping well or you snore loudly at night, talk to your health care provider.
Keeping your mind active is a critical aspect of long term brain health. Mental exercises which challenge your mind can improve the brain’s functioning. Participate in daily activities such as reading, playing cards, completing brain games, or take a class to learn a new skill. Flex your mind muscle to keep it strong!
Staying socially active can help memory loss. Spend time with others, engage in conversation and participate in family or community events as much as possible.