MEMORY CLINICS AT THE TOWER CLINIC
Many older adults worry about their memory, but few consult their doctors. According to the latest research (the lancet 2020 report), there are 12 modifiable risk factors which can prevent or delay up to 40% of dementias. Many of memory problems can occur in middle-aged people. Early investigation and treatment can reduce the chance of developing Dementia in older age. It is never too early or too late in life, to prevent or delay dementia. Interventions should be individualised and consider the person as a whole, as well as their family carers. It is possible to identify your risk factors – many of which are under your control – and advice how to reduce the risk of developing dementia. The sooner you start the better, because the subtlest cognitive decline can start 40 years before a diagnosis – but it is never too late. By measuring your cognitive function now, you can track improvement as you make positive changes.
Although when someone is diagnosed with Dementia, there is no cure for dementia, early treatment can significantly reduce the rate of progress of the condition. A study by the Alzheimer’s Society has shown that more than half of people wait for up to a year before getting help for dementia symptoms, because they feel afraid. But an accurate and early diagnosis can have many benefits.
Tower Clinic Memory Clinics provides early dementia detection for anyone who is displaying signs of dementia, or memory problems and can start them on treatment as soon as possible. Upon receiving your query, you will be contacted to check if you would benefit from a private memory assessment. If this service is felt to be beneficial, you will receive further information about the process. You will then be seen (video consultation, or face to face at Tower Clinic) by an experienced Specialist Doctor who will take a full history and perform a comprehensive memory assessment. Following the initial assessment, and depending on findings of this assessment, you may need to have a dementia screening blood test and CT, or MRI head scan which can be arranged via your GP, or privately by us, this would help exclude other causes to memory difficulties. The second appointment with the Specialist Doctor would be to discuss the outcome of your tests, making a diagnosis, start a treatment plan and signposting to post diagnostic help and supports. If you start taking medication the follow up can be arranged either via your GP, or through our service.
If you would like further information – please complete the Referral Form, or the ‘contact us’ page.